Whether you’re making bath bombs for kids or with kids, this bath bomb recipe is easy! They’re naturally colored and filled with small toys for a fun surprise!Jump to Recipe
Ever since bath bombs started popping up in our local grocery stores, my kids have been begging me to buy them bath bombs.
When I told my 8 year old she could use her allowance money to buy a $7 bath bomb, she seemed less keen on the idea, haha.
I then told her that we could just pick up ingredients to make our own bath bombs, and she was excited. When I said she could also pick her own colors of bath bombs, and pick the scent, I could see her eyes light up.
The kicker was when I said we could even put toys inside of it – oh man, it was an adamant yes from her! No $7 grocery store bath bombs were going to be good enough from now on. 😉
Bath Bomb Ingredients
For this recipe, we need a few ingredients that are great to have on hand for a bunch of different homemade bath and beauty products.
- Baking Soda
- Epsom Salt
- Citric Acid
- Coloring Pigment (optional)
- Coconut Oil
- Essential Oils (optional, but really nice to add)
- Bath Bomb Molds
- Small Toys, such as Shopkins
Baking soda, cornstarch, and coconut oil are easy to find at your local grocery store. Most stores will also carry epsom salt in the first aid/pharmacy section of the store.
Larger stores carry citric acid near the canning supplies, but you can also buy it online.
The coloring pigment is a little tougher to find. I bought a set with 30 colors on Amazon for about $16. Since I make a lot of natural beauty products, I am excited to have these on hand as a natural color!
Essential oils are also pretty easy to find, and most stores carry them now. I buy my essential oils from Simply Earth, because they smell great and are really inexpensive.
How to Make Bath Bombs for Kids
To make this bath bomb recipe, start by grabbing a large bowl and mixing together 1 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup epsom salt, 1/2 cup cornstarch, and 1/2 cup citric acid. Mix well, then add in 1/2 – 1 tsp of coloring pigment, if using.
Mix until you get the color you like.
In a small bowl, add coconut oil, then melt in the microwave for 30 – 60 seconds, until it becomes liquid. Add in 15 drops of essential oil, if using, then add 1 teaspoons of water. Whisk vigorously to incorporate.
Slowly add the liquid to the dry ingredients. If you add it all at once, or too quickly, it will fizz up and make the bath bombs less effective.
Once the liquid is completely added, gently stir the mixture together until it becomes a consistency similar to wet sand. You should be able to squeeze it together and have it stick.
Fill half of a bath bomb mold with the mixture, then insert a toy, if desired.
Cover the toy with bath bomb mix, then fill the second half of the bath bomb mold with bath bomb mix. Close the bath bomb mold and press firmly to tighten the shape.
I like to let the bath bombs sit for 24 hours before removing the molds, but if you’re adventurous, you can try doing it sooner than that. Be warned though – the two halves often split if you don’t give it enough time to set.
Bath Bombs for Kids
Easy bath bombs that are naturally colored, with a toy hiding inside! Kids love these bath bombs
In a large bowl, combine baking soda, epsom salt, cornstarch, and citric acid. Sprinkle in coloring pigment, if using, then mix well.
In a small bowl, combine melted coconut oil, essential oils, and water.
Add the coconut oil mix SLOWLY to the dry ingredients, then mix until combined. It should be a similar consistency to wet sand, and it should stick together.
Pack one half of your bath bomb mold and fill it half way with the bath bomb mixture. Place toy in the center. Fill the second half of the bath bomb mold with your mix. Close the bath bomb and press firmly to seal. Set aside and repeat for remaining 3 bath bombs.
Let bath bombs set for 24 hours before removing mold. Store in a glass container for up to 6 months.
What Types of Essential Oils Pair well with Bath Bombs
Not all essential oils will be appropriate to use in bath bombs, especially if they’re going to be used by children. If your child has an allergy to a specific plant, make sure to avoid essential oils that use that plant’s oils.
Here are some essential oils that are generally safe for children without allergies:
- Clary Sage
- Lemon Eucalyptus
- Sweet Orange
My kids love lavender, peppermint, and blood orange essential oils, but note that peppermint essential oil should not be used on children under the age of 2.
For more about essential oil safety for children, read this article.
How Long Will Homemade Bath Bombs Last?
As long as you keep them away from moisture, your homemade bath bombs should last up to 6 months.
Can I Buy Bath Bombs for Kids?
Hey – I get it. Sometimes the idea of homemade bath products sound fun, but you just don’t have the energy to round up all of the ingredients and make them!
We really love these Earth Vibes Bath Bombs, which are made with natural ingredients like essential oils, shea butter, and vitamin E.
Save this fun bath bombs recipe to your kid activity Pinterest board, so you can make it anytime you like! This is also a super fun activity to do at a kid’s birthday party!
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