I was shopping for M's birthday a few weeks ago and picked up some "Squishy Baff". They come in a pack of two in a whole bunch of different colors. There are a few makers of this sort of stuff. None of them are paying me to say anything about it.
Inside the box there are two packets of powder to use per bath. You start with the colored stuff. Sprinkle that in and stir. Almost immediately the granules absorb water and get squishy. I thought one packet was plenty.
If you pour too fast it can get a little clumpy, but as it turns out, my kids liked to squish up those little bits just fine.
They loooooved the stirring and watching the blue bath water's color intensify. I was going to say "turn blue-r" but I'm fairly certain A would tell me that's not a legit word,
It's possible I was as interested in touching it as the kids were. It was pretty fascinating stuff.
I stayed right beside them the entire time because I was quite sure I didn't want this splashed everywhere. All I had to say to keep things under control was that they'd have to get out if they splashed. They definitely did not want to get out. The box says "5 and up" but my particular 3 year-old is not the type to put stuff in her mouth. Thankfully.
I wouldn't do this every day, but for an occasional bath time treat, it was pretty fun.
I encouraged them to keep their hair out of the water, but when the bath was over, the stuff rinsed out under the shower head, no problem.
At the end of the bath you add the second powder, a salt, I read. It didn't seem to have much effect. I was hesitant to open the drain and let this stuff go.... but... it's not like I could leave it there. We needed to hose the girls down. I crossed my fingers and let the water out.
It was only AFTER the whole experience that I read the reviews. HOLY MOLY. There are a whole lot of 5-star reviews and a whole lot of 1-star reviews. Read for yourself here, if you're interested. One of my favorite reviews said "My child really didn't like it cause it was kind of nasty and slimmy [sic]." Uh... the name of the product is "SQUISHY BAFF"!
There were also people who reported problems with drains clogging, and then people who tried it in an outdoor pool and said after they drained it in the grass the grass died. Guessing that's the salt part at work. Not problems I had, but things to consider.
All of these photos were taken with my iPhone, 'cause I wasn't letting a real camera anywhere near this experiment.
All in all, my girls loved it and we'll do it again. Pink's up next.