Do your kids love bright colors and art? There are a few easy ways to keep them excited and entertained, regardless how miserable the weather outside may be. If games, storytelling, and indoor play are losing their luster, try something new. Art keeps little ones busy by putting their creativity to work. Bring color and excitement to your time indoors by making finger paints together. Your kids will be amazed how easy it is to create art supplies at home, and the paints themselves are lots of fun!
Homemade Finger Paint
You hate messes, the idea of toxic paints, and difficult clean up. Don’t sweat it. This entirely edible version of classic fingerpaints is non toxic. The folks over at India Tree offer food colorings that are all natural, so you don’t have to worry about the possibly harmful contents of regular food colorings, either.
2 1/4 cups water
1 cup flour
1 tsp kosher or sea salt
Food coloring of your choice
1. Mix flour and salt.
2. Gradually stir 1 1/4 cups cold water into mix, until an evenly textured paste is formed.
3. Boil 1 cup of water. Gradually add flour paste mix to boiling water until smooth.
4. Add food coloring until desired color is reached. Set aside to cool.
Make sure to cover your fingerpaint while it cools, so that it doesn’t dry out! It should take about 3 hours to fully chill. Don’t refrigerate the paints. While you CAN store the paints, it’s best to just make what you will use and discard any leftovers.
TIP: If you don’t have food coloring (natural or other) on hand, look in your fridge and spice cabinet! Turmeric makes a vibrant, rich yellow dye. Beets make a beautiful magenta/red, and the water from boiled red cabbage can be combined with baking powder to make both green and blue.