Another summer day arrives. And with it a gazillion: “what are we doing now?!” The little’s don’t skip a beat and I suddenly feel myself aging rapidly :). What is a mother to do so she doesn’t earn a one way ticket to the loony bin? Activities, lots of em. This summer I have done everything I can think of and afford. The pool, fruit picking, the aquarium, playdates, dancing, pretending to be a superhero, reading and lots and lots of painting and crafts.
Today Lucas and I tackled another project, home-made paint. A while back my mom shared this recipe with me and I finally got around to doing it. I have to say the paint isn’t really great but there is a lot of fun to be had with it. For one, making the paint is something a 3-year-old can help with. Basically you mix equal parts of flour, salt and water then add a few drops of food coloring.
Here is what we did:
mixed 2 spoonfuls of flour, 2 spoonfuls of salt and two spoonfuls of water in a jar. Then we closed it with a lid and shook it, that was pretty fun. Then we added a few drops of food coloring and shook it again. We put the mixtures (we did 4 colors red, blue, yellow and green) in separate containers. Then we proceeded to test the paint.
As I mentioned before it’s not great quality, it looks a little like watercolor but it has a grainy consistency. But the best part of it is that it’s not toxic at all, it could even be edible (thou I wouldn’t recommend it yuck 🙂
It’s also so cheap to make I don’t mind just letting the baby play with it. In the end I figured that was the best use for it anyways. Baby body painting :).
I also figured we could use this type of paint for a paint fight a la Pollock 🙂 We could lay out some cheap white fabric on the ground (preferably outside) and then give everyone a couple of squirt bottles filled with paint. The paint war would be limited to the area of the fabric. In the end I’m sure an interesting and fun work of art would turn up. If anything it would be a fun way to kill a few summer minutes :).