Does your child love dinosaurs? Learn how to make DIY dino discovery bath bombs with a toy surprise. They’re fun for moms to make and kids to bathe with!
My 7-year old daughter has become really interested in dinosaurs lately. We’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos about dinosaurs and browsing through books at the library.
As part of our ongoing exploration of dinosaurs, Kaylee and I decided to whip up a batch of Dino Discovery bath bombs. Each surprise bath bomb looks like an ordinary bath bomb, but when they dissolve in the bath, your child is left with a cute little dino toy.
After bath time, you can sit down together and learn about the dinosaur they excavated from their bath bomb. It’s a great way to make learning fun!
You’ll get 6-8 bath bombs from this recipe using these bath bomb molds. However, you can make them in just about anything you’d like.
This easy tutorial will teach you how to make toy surprise bath bombs with hidden dinos or other toys!
DIY Dino Discovery Bath Bombs
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1 cup epsom salts
- 1 cup citric acid powder
- Essential oils of choice (our favorites are Otis’ blend, PJ’s blend and Skin Soother)
- Mica powder
- Witch hazel (in a spray bottle)
- Olive oil spray
- Mini Dinosaurs
- In a large mixing bowl, mix the baking soda, epsom salts and citric acid until well combined.
- If you want to make more than one color of bath bombs, divide the mixture between 2 (or more) mixing bowls. I divided mine into two.
- Add about 10 drops of essential oils to each bowl (when using 2 bowls). Using a fork to blend it into your mixture.
- Add about 1 teaspoon of mica powder to each bowl (if using 2 bowls). Stir until color is well combined. The color will darken more after you add the witch hazel, so don’t go overboard or you’ll be scrubbing the mica from your tub.
- Spray the mixture gently with witch hazel, then mix with your hands to incorporate. Keep spraying and mixing until you get to a point where it’s starting to clump, but is still dry. You don’t want it to get sticky. It should crumble like kinetic sand. If it’s too wet, it won’t set up properly.
This is what it looks like when you try to make bath bombs from a mixture with too much witch hazel (it will activate the citric acid and cause it to expand). You can still use them, it just won’t look pretty.
- Spray your bath bomb molds with olive oil spray.
- Next, press press your bath bomb mixture down into your bath bomb mold, leaving space for the hidden surprise.
- Add the toy, then pack in more of the bath bomb mixture.
- Fill the other side of the mold with the mixture, then spray both halves lightly with witch hazel. Press the halves together, making sure the mixture is pressed well together. If you want, you can secure them with hair ties like I did, but it’s not necessary.
- Allow the bath bombs to sit for about an hour, then carefully remove them from the molds and set them out to cure.
- Let them cure overnight or for 24 hours until they’re completely hardened.
- Pop one in the bath for bath time. They will start fizzing right away.
- Your kids will love the surprise they find!
What dino would your child like to find in their bath bombs?