Have you ever read the children’s book “if you give a mouse a cookie” by Laura numeroff? Well it might as well have been titled “Any Given Day with a Toddler”.
In the chaos that has been our last month and a half or so, I have been randomly packing up a few of the “non-essentials” so that when we find a place, packing goes a little quicker. Charlotte was helping me pack up some of my craft things today and when she was handing me the craft paints to box up, she suddenly realized that she needed to paint *right now*. And much like the sucker of a kid in the book who can’t tell the cute mouse no, I just wanted to help my cute “mouse” with a sweet and simple request. I wasn’t about to let her use my acrylic (doesn’t wash off of anything) craft paint, but I had already tucked her craft box with all of the finger paints up in the attic when we were having pictures taken of the house.
It should tell you something about my personality that it was easier (or maybe just more enjoyable?) For me to make my own finger paints than to just go into the attic to find the old ones. But it turns out my lazy solution was actually a hit and something I’ll be able to file away into my “home grown toddler preschool plan” -more on that later. The best part was Charlotte got to be hands on with the whole process so it was really like two activities in one.
The process is pretty simple. Add ingredients to a bowl, divide the base batter into three bags, add food coloring, mix. I added a little more water to thin them out so she could use a paint brush but it’s really whatever you want the consistency to look like. It worked great and it kept this active toddler busy for a good chunk of time. I love how much she gets in to drawing/painting/scribbling right now. Having a toddler really isn’t all that bad 😉
-1/2 cup flour
-1/2 cup water
-1/2 cup salt
Mix first three ingredients together in a bowl.
Divide the base into three bags. I have learned the cup method is awesome for trying to spoon liquid items into a ziplock.
Add food coloring to base. Seal bag and squish and mix til color is blended.
I think she loved the process of making it a *little* more than the actual painting- but she really liked the painting part as well!
And a fun time was had by all!
Thanks for reading! Let me know if you try this.