Invitation to play: home made paint

My big plan was to have my two year old make paint with me today, but as it happens I’m his minion and that’s my job. He simply would like to play with the paint once it’s ready.

Put in my place, I quickly whipped up some paint ready for our invitation to play. I scouted the internet for a quick and easy paint receipt because I don’t have a lot of the ingredients some of them call for so I had to keep looking.

Eventually I found one that uses just salt, flour, water and food colouring.

Although I followed the recipe I found, it was far too watery for our needs. So what I ended up using was this:

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup table salt
  • Half a cup of water

I know not everyone has cup measures but you can use any quantity as long as you stick roughly to the ratio.

I made enough paint with those measurements for my little boy to have enough paint in five different colours. I divided the base mixture and added just a few drops of each colour to it, and ended up with some lovely, safe, vibrant paint. The food colours I use are from Amazon and you can find them here (aff link).

We took our paint outside and used it to paint the wall, to drive our monster trucks through and make patterns on the floor, and to paint the monster trucks too.

Next time I’ll add more flour if my son wants to do the tyre tracks because it wasn’t quite thick enough to give us a good pattern, but this consistency would be great for a normal paper and brush painting activity.

If you decide to give this activity a try I’d love to know how you get on. Find me over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share your super home made paint activities with us!


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