Last week Lincoln and I decided to try out some finger paints. I searched online for some recipes for baby safe paints that I could make and I found a pretty simple one.
What you need:
2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of salt
4 1/2 cups of water
food coloring of your choice
a pot & whisk
a canvas or thick paper for painting
What to do:
First add the 4 and a half cups of water and salt to your pot. Turn the stove to medium heat. Measure out your flour and slowly add it while mixing it in with a whisk to make sure there are no lumps.
Once you start to feel that the mixture is thickening, turn down the heat to low and continue to stir with the whisk until you get the right consistency for your homemade finger paint.
Scoop out a few spoonfuls and add to a muffin tin (or any other small containers) so that you can color the finger paints for use.
Add two drops of food coloring and mix well. If you want deeper colors you can use a few more drops.
Since I didn’t want to make a large mess, I let Lincoln do the finger painting in his highchair. One mistake I had was using printer paper. It was too thin and ending up ripping but I could just say that added to the artistic side of it all.
Tape the paper or secure the canvas to the surface your child will be painting on. Add a few drops of the paint in whatever pattern you want. (I put plastic wrap on top of the picture because I thought it would be less messy but Lincoln figured out that he could just poke holes through it. The next time I do this I will just let him directly touch the paints since it is edible paints after all.)
And the last step, let their artistic abilities take over. Since Lincoln is only 9 months I let him just use his fingers, but if you are having older children try this out, feel free to give them a paint brush and see what their artistic creation will be!