Adam is officially a little artist. He was so curious watching Ben paint the last few times, I could tell he was dying to try it out. Even though I have non toxic paint, I figured the little guy would be putting a lot of it in his mouth, so I wanted to be extra safe.
So I scoured the internet for paint recipes, and did a little tweaking to what I found. My final recipe is:
1/2 c. flour
1 drop of food coloring-to be added later
1/4 c. kosher salt
1 1/4 c. water
I mixed it thoroughly up in a mason jar minus the food coloring with a spoon which I used to spoon the mixture into our palette. I added one drop of food coloring to each section of my palette and mixed with a Q-tip.
A Q-tip is a great way to manage how much paint your little is using or those tiny watercolor brushes that come in kids watercolor palettes. I would stay away from a medium or larger size brush. Even with a Q-tip it got messy!
The experience was overall short, but positive. I had to show him to dab the paint on the card stock rather than eat it. He caught on quickly but still took the occasional taste. This is also a great idea for cheap paint in general. There are times we can’t afford little things like paint as moms and teachers. I’ve run art programs on literally nothing for over 1,000 students! It’s ideas like this that make art accessible to every child no matter what their economic background is. I kept the leftover mixture in the mason jar over night with a little added water on top. I made sure the top of the jar was tight. I want to try making it in soap dispensers and keeping them in the fridge with colors ready to go. I’ll let you know how that works out in the future.