You will need: flour, salt, poster paint, plastic
Mix equal parts of flour and salt. Add
paint to form a paste. Pour into plastic squeeze bottles. Squeeze
paint onto heavy paper or cardboard.
Squeeze Bottle Glitter
Mix equal parts of flour, salt and water. Pour
into plastic squeeze bottles, such as those used for ketchup and mustard.
Add liquid food coloring for variety. Squeeze onto heavy construction paper
or cardboard. The salt gives the designs a glistening quality when dry.
Finger Paint (Index)
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
2 1/2 cups cold water
1 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup soap flakes
2 drops of icing color paste (available at
craft and baking supply stores).
In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 1/2
cup of the water and mix until dissolved. Combine the cornstarch, soap
flakes, and remaining 2 cups water in a saucepan over medium heat. Add
the gelatin mixture to the saucepan, stirring until it becomes thick. Remove
the pan from the heat and strain the mixture equally into 4 containers.
Cool 1 hour and then add a different shade of icing color paste to each
container. Fold in color until thoroughly mixed.
NOTE: undiluted color paste will stain hands
and clothing. Store in refrigerator when not in use.
1 cup vano starch
1 cup cold water
3 cups boiling water
1 cup Ivory flakes
1 T. powdered tempera
Mix starch and cold water until smooth. Add
boiling water and simmer, stirring constantly until thick and glossy.
Add soap flakes and tempera, and beat with a wire whisk until smooth.
Easy Finger Paint (Index)
3 cups Vano starch
1/2 cup Sta-Flo liquid starch
Mix together. This mixture will need to dry
slightly before it is pliable. Store in airtight container.
Easy Finger Paint Recipe (Index)
1 t. powdered tempera paint
Pour a small amount of liquid starch on piece
of paper. Sprinkle a teaspoon of paint into starch. Add water as needed,
mixing with hands while painting.
Shiny Paint (Index)
1 part white liquid glue
1 part tempera paint
Mix ingredients. Apply with a brush or
experiment with other methods! Shiny paint gives a wet look!
Egg Foam Paint (Index)
Beat egg whites and soap in a large bowl until
stiff. Divide mixture into several smaller bowls. Beat powdered tempera
into each egg mixture. Drop one or more colors onto pieces of construction
paper. Use brushes, fingers, or tools to create an interesting designs
Invisible Paint (Index)
4 tablespoons baking soda
purple grape juice
Mix baking soda and water. Dip paint brush into
water mixture and paint a design onto white paper. Let dry. Next, brush
grape juice over the paper to reveal the design. The picture mysteriously
appears in blue-green colors.
1 cup All-PurposeFlour
1 cup Cold Water
3 cups Cold Water
In large saucepan mix the flour with the 1 cup
cold water. Stir until smooth. Then add the 3 cups cold water. Cook over
medium heat, stirring till mixture thickens and bubbles. Reduce heat and
simmer 1minute more while still stirring. Divide into three heat resistant
bowls. Tint with food coloring. Cover and cool.
Tempera Paints (powdered or premixed)
Clear Dishwasing Liquid
Mix powdered paint with dish soap until they
resemble house paint. Or mix just a little dish soap into premixed
paints. Line the window sash with masking tape and be sure to spread newspaper
around to protect the area. To erase paint or touch up mistakes just wipe
paint away with a dry paper towel.
1 cup Ivory Snow Powder
1/2 cup warm water
Construction paper (dark colors)
Brushes, tongue depressors
Have children beat with eggbeaters until mixture
is frothy but not stiff. Then apply mixture to dark construction paper
with brushes or tongue depressors to create a design. You can even
use this as finger paint (easy clean up). You can also add food coloring
to whipped flakes.
Straw Paint Mixture
10 drops food coloring
1 teaspoon water
For thicker paint add 1/2 tsp liquid dish detergent
eye dropper or spoon
paper for painting
Mix in plastic dish (as many colors as you like).
Cover work area with newspapers then have the children use the eye dropper
or spoon to place on white paper and use straw to blow on the drops to
make unusual designs.
(tip* Save the droppers from infant tylenol/vitamins/cold
meds etc...to use for these types of projects)
Puffy Paints (Index)
Equal parts of flour, salt and water
liquid tempera paint to desired color]
cardboard squares or heavy paper
plastic sqeeze bottle such as mustard or ketchup
Mix equal parts of flour, salt and water in
bowl. Add liquid paint for color. Pour into plastic squeeze bottles. Squeeze
mixture onto cardboard or heavy paper. Mixture will harden in a puffy shape.
Colors will pool together without mixing. Allow experimentation in design
Milk Paint (Index)
1/2 cup powdered milk
2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 cup warm water
Mix milk and cornstarch. Gradually stir
in water and continue stirring until smooth. Add food coloring.
1 Tbsp White vinegar
2 Tbsp baking soda
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp glycerin
liquid food coloring
Mix vinegar and baking soda in a small bowl.
When done bubbling, add cornstarch and glycerin. Mix well. Pour into
bottle caps and add a different color food coloring to each one. Let dry
What you need:
a variety of kool-aid drink mixes
watercolor or construction paper
Pour each package of kool-aid into a separate
muffin tin or small cup. Combine 2 teaspoons of warm water with drink mix
in each cup. Stir until powder is completely dissolved. Use with paintbrushes
on paper. Any leftover paints can be refrigerated in air-tight containers
for up to 3 days
Face Paints (Index)
6 tsp Corn starch
3 tsp Water
3 tsp Cold cream
6 cup Muffin tin
In each cup of the muffin tin, put 1 teaspoon
of cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon each of cold cream and water. Add a different
color food coloring to each cup. Mix well.
Body Paints (Index)
2 cup Non-irritating baby shampoo
Powdered tempura paints
Divide the shampoo into two or more portions
(depending on how many different colors you want). Stir
in tempura paint. Children can smooth this onto their bodies, lathering
to make shapes and designs. Comes off easily by running through the sprinklers