Thursday, August 11, 2011

Puff and edible paints for those rainy days

Hmm, it must have been a tough morning if i'm trying to entertain Miss F
before she's even out of her pj's! 

I thought I would post this out now as I can see the big clouds rolling in and I think there could be a chance of us being stuck indoors again for a couple of days. A couple of weeks ago we suffered torrential rain for a week or so and it was a total nightmare. After trying everything and anything to entertain the little ones, I searched some blogs and found this great puff paint recipe from I-mama. I was amazed by how simple this was to make and true to its word, after a quick blitz in the microwave the paint puffed up. We loved it; it was so easy here’s the recipe. 

Combine the following in a little bowl:
1 tablespoon self-raising flour
A few little drops of food colouring
1 tablespoon salt
Then add some water to make a nice smooth paste.

1. Paint away on a thick sheet of cardboard. 
2. Microwave the cardboard painting on high for approximately 30 seconds until the paint puffs and it’s all nice and dry.

And if that doesn’t satisfy your paint recipe desires and you want more, more, more well I have more. Yep, thanks to a great friend at playgroup I have loads of edible paint recipes for you. I think I will be trying one of these this afternoon. 

When you are crafting it up with your little one, getting messy with finger painting, it is one less thing to worry about if you know it’s safe and non-toxic if your child happens to stick their paint-covered fingers in their mouths. Here are some fun “edible” finger paint recipes. You may have these ingredients in your pantry already, so pop an art smock on your kids and get mixing, cooking and painting.

NB. These measurements are approximate and not fine dining recipes so go by feel - it’s finger paint after all!

Basic cooked flour finger paint:
2cups Flour
4cups Water
Food Colouring

1. Mix flour and water in a pot over a low heat till thick. Cool. Add a pinch of salt.
2. Divide and add colour.
Can be stored in covered jar in the fridge for a month or two.

Jelly finger paint:
1 packet jelly (any flavour/colour)
Hot water

1. Mix packet of jelly with enough hot water, little by little until mixture is consistency of paint.
2. Allow to cool.
You can also divide and add colour to create new colours.

Pudding finger paint:
Instant vanilla pudding
Food colouring

1. Mix according to directions on pack.
2. Divide and add colours.

Powdered milk finger paint:
½ cup powdered milk
½ cup water
Food colouring

1. Mix together.
2. Divide and add colour.

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