I get writer’s block…some times more than others. I had a few days last week where I felt like my ideas had all dried up. That’s when I like to look through books and magazines for inspiration. In fact, I created a file for myself specifically for this purpose.
I opened up a book my mother-in-law bought for me at a garage sale called The Preschooler’s Busy Book. This is a wonderful resource, by the way. But I noticed something in the back of the book I hadn’t seen before…an appendix with recipes for homemade art supplies! So this week I’ll be trying out some of the recipes and sharing them with you. Enjoy!
The first recipe is for homemade finger paint. There are three things I LOVE about this: (1) it costs about 50 cents total to make enough to fill 2 bottles, (2) it is made with flour, salt, and water so if it ends up in the mouth…no harm done, and (3) it can be kept in upcycled squeeze bottles to make it easier to use!
Recipe for Homemade Finger Paint
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons salt
1 1/2 cups cold water
1 1/2 cups hot water
Coloring: food coloring, tempera paint, or powdered tempera will work
|1. Mix 1 cup of flour and 2 tablespoons of salt.|
|2. Add the cold water and stir until there aren’t any lumps.|
|3. Add the hot water…|
|…and bring to a boil. Once it’s thickened, remove it from the heat.|
|4. It will be kind of lumpy, so continue to whisk away until the lumps are gone.|
|5. Dump half of it into a bowl and add your desired color of food coloring.|
|6. Pour into a squeezable container. I used a mustard container, a honey container, and a shampoo bottle! Depending on the size of the mouth of the bottle, you might need to use a funnel. Since it’s pretty thick, it will take some coaxing to get it through the funnel. :)|
|Ready to paint!|
|Try mixing colors!|
|Big Brother discovered yellow+blue = green!|
|I had intended for Little Brother to join in the finger painting fun, but he was too busy throwing an enormous tantrum!|
|The book says to store it in the refrigerator…I have no clue why. But I’m a rule-follower, so that’s exactly what I did!|
I really loved the texture of this finger paint (yes, I enjoyed finger painting too…I just couldn’t resist). It dries with just a little bit of texture and is thick enough that it doesn’t fling all over the place. I think we’ll be finger-painting much more often now that we have paint that is ready to squeeze!