Kids' Activity: Make Craft Paint

By Carol Jordan

Whether you are trying to make special presents for loved ones, developing your child's fine motor skills and his sense of creativity, or just finding something for the kids, to do painting is always a no-fail solution.

Many preschools and parents alike have found ways to make their own paints or to make the store-bought paints last longer. Below are three of my favorite paint recipes. Two are even completely edible (although one may not taste too good) and are completely safe to use with even the smallest of artists.

No Cook Blender Paint

• 1 Tbs soap powder
• ¼ cup liquid starch
• 1/3 - ½ cup water
• 1 one-pound can powdered paint (found in hobby stores)

Pour soap powder, starch and water into blender Gradually add powdered paint while machine is running; blend until smooth. This recipe is wonderful for making extremely bright colors.

Edible Corn Starch Paint

• 4 cups cold water
• 6 teaspoons cornstarch

Mix a small amount of cold water with cornstarch until smooth; gradually add the remaining water, stirring until smooth. Cook the mixture over low heat until it is clear and the consistency of pudding. Food coloring can be added to create different colors.

Edible Kool-Aid Paint

• 2 cups flour
• 2 packs unsweetened Kool-aid
• ½ cup salt
• 3 cups boiling water
• 3 tablespoons oil

Mix wet ingredients into dry and allow mixture to cool before painting.

Whether your project calls for a brush, a sponge, hands or a potato, one of these paint recipes will serve the purpose and save you money.

Carol Jordan is the mom of two and accredited in Texas as a preschool director. She began teaching preschool in 1994 and have worked with all age groups of children from infants up through school aged children with her main focus and experience being with children between the ages of two and five years old.

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