I’ve made these finger paints a couple times with the kids and it is great fun. They can paint away and I don’t worry about how many times the little finger go in their mouth because it is completely safe!
The first time was for Father’s Day. This time I was really smart and stripped the kids down to their diapers, spead a plastic table cloth outside and put the paints and construction paper out for them. When they were done clean up was simple, I just hosed them off! (which they thought was great fun by the way)
I’m looking at this at Christmas thinking “they look cold” but this picture was actually take in June in Florida so the temp was probably in the 80’s or 90’s this day and babies in nothing but diapers were perfectly warm enough. 🙂
I started out with a cup for each color of paint but that seemed to hard for them to access so eventually I just dumped the cups into different sections of a disposable tray for them.
This made it much easier for them to access the colors they wanted and actually made less of a mess since before they were about to dump the cup of paint on themselves or each other.
Here is how I made the paints.
To a saucepan add:
2 Tablespoons of sugar
1/3 cup of flour
1 teaspoon salt
Mix with 2 cups of water and whisk until smooth. Turn on the heat and stir continually until the mixture thickens. Make sure you whisk the whole time otherwise you end up with little flour lumps in the finger paints.
Pour into your plastic cups. (You’ll need one cup for every color of paint you’d like to make.) Mix in a couple drops of food coloring and stir until completely dissolved. Let cool completely before allowing kids to start painting.
I recently mixed up another batch of paints to make footprint Christmas cards. Sorry no pictures of this process, it took two adults just to hold the baby, dip his foot in paint then press it on the Christmas card! It was a bit of work and only 7 cards were produced but it was adorable.
Limited edition, once in a lifetime Christmas Card. This busy mom only had the time and the ability to make seven cards so if you receive one count yourself lucky. And if you are a busy mom don’t feel that you have to “do it all” or feel guilty about what you didn’t get a chance to do this Christmas. Just enjoy the season with your family!