This activity is like a science experiment and an art project all rolled up into one!
The idea didn’t come out of the Preschooler’s Busy Book like the others I’ve shared this week. But as I was reflecting on the whole new world of homemade art supplies that I’ve recently come to find, I was wondering if there was a way to make homemade watercolors. A quick search on google and I had a recipe for homemade watercolors!
Here’s the recipe:
3 Tablespoon Baking Soda
3 Tablespoons Corn Starch
3 Tablespoon White Vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons corn syrup
|1. Mix the baking soda, corn starch, vinegar, and corn syrup in a bowl.
|2. Wait for it to stop fizzing (and enjoy watching your child’s reaction to the chemical reaction). :)
|3. Separate into your small containers. I used some plastic baby food containers I’ve been saving for a YEAR. You could use ice cube trays or even egg cartons.
|4. Add your food coloring. I put 10 drops of liquid food coloring in each. That ended up being a little much and it rose to the top. Let the paints dry overnight.
|5. After they’ve dried overnight, they’ll still be wet to the touch. That’s okay…you can go ahead and let your little one use them. Just get a small paintbrush and a container of water and let him/her go to town!
|Big Brother wanted to make sure that every square inch of the paper was colored with paints…
|The end result was so pretty and very abstract!
|Store for next time!