Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Homemade Finger Paints

I realize I'm losing my mind since I already posted this fingerpainting activity....but hey maybe you didn't see the original posting or just wanted to see it again- SO consider this a re-run posting!! Sorry!

Looking for a quick and easy craft to do on a rainy or snowy or sick day? How about homemade finger paints! We painted with our finger paints on freezer paper since one side is coated in plastic and the other is paper plus you can tear off large sheets for them to use. Freezer paper is found by the tinfoil and saran wrap sections of your local grocery store. If you don't have freezer paper any paper will do. Here are some pictures of the kids and the recipe for finger paints that uses items you already have on hand in your own cupboards:

2 T. sugar
1/3 c. cornstarch
2 c. cold water
1/4c clear liquid dish soap (optional)
1 Mix together sugar and cornstarch in a small pan, then slowly add cold water.

2 Cook over low heat, stirring until the mixture becomes a smooth; almost clear gel about 5 minutes.

3 When it's cool, stir in clear dish washing liquid.

4 Scoop equal amounts of the mixture into containers and stir in food coloring or, for even more vibrant colors, use food-coloring paste. (if you want to add "scent" add a little bit of powdered cool aid)

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