I thought of doing this in the winter time. And then I remembered the snow outside and I didn't want to clean up finger paint inside. So I have waited until now.
It was a giant hit with Jack. I had a big canvas that I bought at one of the Aaron Brother's penny sales last year. So I pulled that out and put Jack on the patio. Instead of fingers, he preferred a paint brush. Son One doesn't prefer to get messy. I could have had Van participate, but what is so fun about a 14 month old and finger paint, even if it is washable? I am a pretty cool mom, but not THAT cool.
And yes ladies- it's WASHABLE.
Let me advise you that this is more for fun than it is for quality. The paint isn't the most vibrant thing you have ever used, but it still works for your budding artists. And this is an immediate use type of concoction.
Once again, I can't remember the source of this recipe. I am really bad at documenting that before I copy and paste into my Google Docs.
2 Tbsp sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
2 cups cold water
1/4 cup liquid dish soap
In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and cornstarch. Whisk to combine. Gradually pour in the cold water and whisk. Set heat to medium and stir occasionally. Once the mixture begins to bubble, turn heat to low and whisk constantly until mixture is thickened and gel-like. Remove from heat and let cool completely, whisking occasionally.
Once cooled, stir in dish soap. Divide mixture into small airtight containers, one for each color you want to have. Add food coloring into each container and mix well. Use immediately or cover and use later.