Fun homemade paints sure to delight your little Picasso

Looking for a really fun activity to do together with your grandchild? Well, here it is, because little ones love the opportunity to express themselves. Making homemade paints is a wonderful way to spend quality time. Enjoy an afternoon of fun painting and cherish the creations!

Puffy Paint

2/3 cup of flour
2/3 cup of salt
2/3 cup of water
2 squeeze containers from craft store
1 Tablespoon tempera paint (at least 2 colors)

How To:
1. Mix the ingredients together in a big bowl. It will yield enough for 2 containers of wet mix.
2. Measure ½ of the mix and put into a smaller container.
3. Add 1 Tablespoon of tempera and mix well.
4. Adjust the color by adding 1 teaspoon at a time up to 3 extra teaspoons. The consistency will be similar to stirred sour cream.
5. Pour into squeeze bottle. Repeat with another color for the second ½ of mix.
6. Give your grandchildren the bottles and watch them go (mantra here — stay on the paper, stay on the paper)

The puffy paint will settle over days if not used. Store the bottles in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Please note:
–Paint will take a little longer to dry if it is thick. When it does dry, the salt turns back into beautiful crystals again and the whole thing glitters.
— This mixture can make paper really soggy, so stay away from construction paper. It’s best to use cardstock paper or foam core.
Watercolor Paint Recipe

3 teaspoons light corn syrup
6 Tablespoons cornstarch
6 Tablespoons baking soda
6 Tablespoons white vinegar
Food coloring

How To:
1. Mix corn syrup, cornstarch, baking soda, and white vinegar together.
2. Divide into jar lids, small containers, or plastic egg carton sections.
3. Add food coloring as desired to each section or each lid or container. Mix in the coloring.
4. Let dry. (Note: stir the paints a couple of times as they are drying, but before they get too hard. Otherwise, the materials separate a bit.)

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