Holidays are here again and you don’t want your kids to get bored. The problem is that you have to go to work and can’t be with them all these days. At such times, you start finding ways through which you can keep your kids occupied with some activities, which are high on fun as well as educative ratio. Then let me tell you, there is no other alternative to paints, for enhancing the creativity of your children. Now you must be thinking – How to make homemade paint? We have brought some easy and simple ways, for you, to make appealing paints.
How To Make Paint At Home?
- Paint From Fresh Flowers
- Take your kids to any garden with beautiful flowers. Tell them to pluck some beautifully colored flowers.
- At home, heat some water in a pan. Remember, the water should be just warm, not boiling hot.
- Now take different ziploc bags and in each bag add petals of a particular colored flower and about 1/4th cup of warm water. Seal the bags.
- Then tell your kids to squish the bags with a rolling pin.
- Leave the bags to settle for few hours.
Your kids will be more than happy to have made some vibrant water colors, at home. Trust me! They will spend the next few days in amazement and painting with the colors that you guys made together.
2. Food Color Paints
- In a large container, mix baking soda and vinegar. Continue mixing, till a fizzing sound of the bubbles stops.
- Add corn starch and corn syrup to this mixture. Keep stirring till the starch dissolves completely.
- Pour this mixture into an ice-cube tray. Fill each compartment only half.
- Add food colors of your choice in each compartment. Keep adding colors till you reach your desired shades.
- Allow this tray to settle in a place where the ambient humidity is not very high.
- These colors will take a day or two to dry.
- After drying up, your own color palette is ready to be used, in the same way as other commercial water colors.
3. Puffy Paints
- In a container mix some flour, salt and water.
- The consistency of this mixture should be gooey.
- Then add some food color or tempera paint to this mixture. You can divide the mixture in parts and add different colors.
- Pour this mixture in squeeze bottles.
Puffy paint is ready for your kids to play with and have a fun-time. You can also add some sparkle to the mixture for some glitter. After painting with these colors, they give an embossed effect.
4. Soap Paints
- In a ziploc bag, mix 1-2 cups of flour, 1 cup water and 1 cup dish soap.
- Seal the bag and squish it, till all the ingredients mix homogenously.
- The texture of this mixture should be like a thick liquid.
- After mixing, pour this mixture into separate bowls.
- Add bright and vibrant colors of your kids’ choice into these bowls. Stir with spoon.
Let the painter instincts of your toddlers ooze out, as these colors are easy to wash off from their clothes. The reason is the dish soap that is one of the ingredients of these paints.
5. Confetti Paints
If your kids are of an age that they don’t need to be under your supervision for safety purposes, you can make Confetti Paints for them.
- In few containers, mix some hair gel and food colors of your choice.
- Add sequins of different varieties in each container.
Your confetti paints are ready to add some more fun to the painting activities to your kids. They can paint with fingers or even with brushes. After drying, the painting will give a nice effect, which you can save as a memory for life-time.
6. Scented Sand Paints
- In a bowl, mix a cup of flour and few tea-spoons of Kool Aid.
- Add water slowly, to get a thick consistency.
- Add play sand to this mixture and stir well.
- Prepare different bowls for vivid colors.
The scented sand paint is ready. Your kids can again create new paintings with their new set of colors.
7. Jello Paints
- Jello is bright in color and has good fragrance too.
- So mix jellos of different colors with water.
- This will be edible and non-toxic paint for your kids.
8. Candy Paints
- You can use the left-over Halloween candies to make this paint. But I suggest you use Starburst candies.
- They come in bright colors and lovely fragrance that your kids will love.
- In various bowls, melt the candies of different colors, separately.
- The stove has to be on medium heat.
- Add cornstarch and water when the candies begin to melt.
- Stir continuously, so that no lumps are formed. You can use a whisk for this.
- When your paints start to thicken, remove them from the heat and allow them to cool down.
The best thing about this paint is that it can be stored in the fridge, for quite a few days. Also, the cornstarch neutralizes the stickiness of the candies.
9. Erupting Chalk Paints
- These paints can be used for painting side-walks. The ingredients are easily available.
- Mix 1/3rd cup of water with 1/3rd cup of cornstarch and 1/3rd cup of baking soda, in a bowl.
- To each such bowls, add different food colors.
- Fill these colors in various squeezy bottles.
- Give these squeezy bottles to your kids. Ask them to paint the side-walks, in the ways they want to.
- After the paint dries up, it will be a treat for your eyes to watch it. But wait, little magic for your kids is still waiting.
- Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and ask your kids to spray it on the painted surfaces.
- The paints will immediately erupt and your kids will be surprised to play with such a new type of paints.
The best thing about these paints is that they can be easily washed away with water. Yet, I would suggest you to use liquid water colors, instead of food colors, because they are easy to wash.
Now, I guess, we have enough fun ideas to make these holidays interesting for your kids. Keep exploring these various paint techniques to paint a perfectly creative and adventurous relationship with your young ones. Wish you Happy times with your loved ones!!!