This is a simple tip to use for toddlers and it will keep them busy for awhile. My granddaughter is around two and her mom makes this paint for her. In a muffin tin or ice cube tray, put some shaving cream, then add a few drops of food coloring, mix and there you have it, paint! Also, you can use Q-tips as a paint brush. She enjoys using this on paper. You can also use in bathtub for fun!
By Dorothy from New Creek, WV
Mix 1 cup of flour and 2 tablespoons of salt in a saucepan, add 1 and 1/2 cups of cold water, stir until there are no lumps. Add 1 and 1/2 cups of hot water and bring to a boil. Once it thickens remove from the heat. It will be lumpy, continue to whisk until lumps are gone.
When it is ready, dump half of mixture into a bowl and add food colouring to colour, stir. Use a funnel to pour into squeeze bottles. I used honey and mustard bottles. Then you're ready to paint!
This costs about 50 cents for two bottles. The kids loved it!
By Tracy C. from Brockville, Ontario
To keep a preschooler amused and creative, you'll need a gallon press-lock bag and a couple different colors of finger paint. Put a tablespoon of each color in the bag - the more color, the more fun. Zip the bag closed and show them how to take their fingers and swirl to make designs with hand. Show them how to combine colors to make different colors. The kids will stay at it and come back to it. No finger paint mess!
Flour, water, and food color works as well.
By luckyjo from Scaandinavia, WI
You can also use shaving cream with some food coloring to make different colors. Works great.
A recipe for homemade finger paint. This is a washable finger paint. I have had luck cleaning it out of just about everything. That doesn't mean it won't stain some objects or clothing, though.
If you've got a toddler like mine who likes to put everything in his mouth, just mix some food coloring in vanilla pudding, and let your toddler play!
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, powdered drink mix, and salt. Put it aside. Measure the water in a medium size pot and bring it to a boil. Add the oil to the boiling water.
Add the salt to the flour in a saucepan. Pour in cold water gradually and beat the mixture with an egg beater until smooth. Add the hot water and boil the mixture until it becomes glossy. Beat it until it is smooth. Mix in food colouring.
3-D finger painting! Perfect for preschoolers and elementary children. Try finger painting with equal parts of washable finger paints and shaving cream (the white, foamy, spray kind).