So many of us parents and kids have more than enough time at home at the moment right? I’ve been trying so hard to be productive with my kids during this time with backyard activities for toddlers. Otherwise we might just go crazy. I would at least become a little (if not a lot) bummed out and lethargic. I started to wonder about simple arts and crafts for my kids and myself. Like how to make watercolor paint? How to make finger paint? And what would make the best non toxic washable paint for kids.
Not until this home confinement deal did I do much arts and crafts activities like “how to make watercolor paint” at home. I really didn’t blog about backyard activities for toddlers at all, my posts were mainly about recipes. However there seemed to be a lot of new homeschool parents interested in activities to do with their kids, and less interest in recipes.
So I decided to dive head first into a new category of posts such as “how to make finger paint” and other activities for kids to do at home. I’m also going to have to start teaching my older kid other less fun subjects, but I’ll get to that later!
My kids and I did this entire “paint for kids” activity outside which was a no brainer for me. My 2 year old was definitely going to make a huge mess so why not? I’m blessed at this isolated time to live in a house with a yard rather than an apartment. I had lived in apartments previously most of my life.
This paint for kids is perfect to let them make a full on mess with. How to make finger paint is so simple with this recipe because it’s edible, non toxic, and washable. The ingredients dry up and become a bit crusty, so it falls off the skin.
When I first decided to do a post about how to make watercolor paint, the idea was to make hope scotch squares and hand prints. We did make hand prints on the concrete outside, but we also made foot prints. Mostly we ended up splattering each other with the paint for kids. It’s in our hair, on our skin, and our clothes!
My kids and I wore old clothes we didn’t care too much about as I’m not sure how well it’s going to wash out of actual clothes. However I do know it will easily come off our skin and hair! These backyard activities for toddlers are fun for adults too.
You only need 3 ingredients for this backyard watercolor paint. All you need is 3 cups water, 3 cups corn starch, and Food coloring. You can make as many colors as you want. Equipment needed includes 1 large mixing bowl, Paper plates, you will need equal amount of colors and plates.
Just as a tip take this project “How to make finger paint” outside if you have toddlers! Then in a large mixing bowl combine 3 cups water and 3 cups corn starch.
Whisk together vigorously until thoroughly combined. Fill each paper plate with some corn starch water mixture. Add a few drops of food coloring to each plate (ideally each plate contains a different color). You can use anything you want to paint such as brushes, sponges, fingers, hands, or even feet!
Time needed: 10 minutes.
DIY water color paint is edible, non toxic, and washable!
In the large mixing bowl combine 3 cups water and 3 cups corn starch.
Whisk together vigorously until thoroughly combined
Fill each paper plate with some corn starch water mixture
Add a few drops of food coloring to each plate (ideally each plate contains a different color)l
You can use anything you want to paint such as brushes, sponges, fingers, hands, or even feet!