Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Homemade Washable Finger Paints



Today was a fun and messy day.  I truly believe that God knew what he was doing when he made children washable.  I enjoy getting my hands dirty and encourage the children to help. 

We worked a bit in the garden getting our peppers and tomato plants in before it rains tonight.  We dug in the dirt, pulled weeds, and played fetch with the dog, Teddy Kent.  We were filthy.

I decided we would play and get clean at the same time.  This is a fun activity on paper and IN the bathtub.  These make fun, washable paints to draw on the inside of your tubs.

To make these cheap finger paints here is what you need to use:
  • 1/3 cup liquid dish soap-  I have used baby shampoo to be used in the bath, but today we used good old Dawn.  It doesn't matter, as long as you don't get it in your eyes.

  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch or flour

  • Liquid watercolors that don't stain or you can brave food coloring.  I opt for the liquid watercolor, but I have that on hand.  Food coloring works, but it might stain little fingers.

All you need to do is mix the ingredients.  When I am feeling ambitious I make several colors and put them in ice cube trays.  This way the children get their own container, but today I just let them use bowls and share.  They need to learn sharing sometime, right?

You are ready to create!  Whether you want to paint in the tub or on paper, it's a fairly easy cleanup.  The kids won't fight you about using their soap and I managed to use a little more of that printer paper from the 90's my husband salvaged. 

What did you make today?

20 comments:

NatureGirl said...

I have done this with food coloring lots of times and the soap seems to counter the food coloring so that it doesn't stain the little fingers...so fun!

Plain Graces said...

I wondered about that. Soap works miracles with paint! I use soap in my tempra paints when the children use those. Thanks for sharing!

jenny at dapperhouse said...

Hi, I did home day care for almost a decade! I loved it and miss it. This paint is a really great idea. I am going to take your advice and make it with my eight year old to create a masterpiece in the shower. FUN!! Following you back :)
jenny at dapperhouse

radn@HouseonAshwelllane said...

This is such a nice idea. I spent such a lot getting Crayola finger paints when my daughter was younger.

Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog!

tracerscouponaffair said...

I am your newest follower from the blog hop! I love your pictures! I ahve 5 kiddos and I am still trying to figure out who made playdough lol. I played with it as a kid all the time but wow is it a messy thing lol

Plain Graces said...

I hope everyone had fun creating! I am excited to find so many fun blogs and have you visit. I also am excited to find a few more daycare providers...

As for playdough- I want to know who came up with that moon dough and sand- THAT drives me nuts. LOL

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