Thursday, March 28, 2013

Homemade non-toxic finger paints

Talk about something that's super easy and virtually free... I didn't spend a dime to make these paints. I already had the baby food jars and all the ingredients, too. If you don't have baby food jars you can easily pick some up at your local grocery store or baby store. Look for some that are on SALE. Don't buy the expensive food if you're going to have to throw it away. You can use little plastic containers with lids, too, or anything else you can think of that seals.

Keep in mind before making the paints that it's the corn starch that thickens it. So, if you end up with some gloopy gross looking stuff, slowly add water until it's the desired thickness. If you end up with something too watery for your liking, add a bit of corn starch.

You will need:
- baby food jars or plastic containers
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- 1 tsp salt

Just mix all of your ingredients together in a sauce pan and heat them on the stove, stirring frequently, until your mixture thickens. When it's done, divide it into your containers and add food coloring to each and you're all done! My daughter is two and a half and helped me mix the ingredients and then helped me mix the colors in, so don't forget that your kids can help make and create as well as play. Happy learning!

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