Home made fingerpaints

My daughter and I made a large amount of finger paints for me to use with my kiddos at work.  It was very easy and the end product was acceptable and kid approved.

For large batches of finger paint (picture above shows 3 batches)

  • 3 cups flour
  • 6 tablespoons of salt
  • 4 1/2 cups of cold water
  • 4 1/2 cups of hot water
  • food dye

Combine as follows

  1. Mix the flour and salt together.  Then add the cold water.
  2. Whisk until there are no lumps.
  3. Add the hot water and whisk again.
  4. Cook over medium heat until similar to gravy texture.  Whisk frequently to avoid lumps.
  5. Remove from heat and whisk until smooth.
  6. Divide white mixture into different containers and add food coloring.

The recipe I follow states to refridgerate this – what I love about this recipe is that it cleans up easy.  It wipes off kids skin super easy without staining the skin.  If children eat it they will be okay as it’s just flour, salt and water with a little bit of food dye.  It does not have a pleasant taste so they won’t eat much of it if they do.

My daughter had a great time with me deciding on the colors and then she helped with the activity with a group of kids.  I use freezer paper as it has that lovely waxy side so the wet paint doesn’t soak right through.  Freezer paper also is a long roll of paper perfect for a variety of craft and art projects.

Here’s the link to the blog for the finger paints – http://www.icanteachmychild.com/2011/06/squeezable-homemade-finger-paint/

birthday

so my birthday is almost over and I’m finishing the day off with a sigh of relief.  I’ve come a long way since my birthday last year.  on my birthday last year the OCD and panic disorder was so intense that my husband said to me in all seriousness that he would take me to the ER for my safety if I wanted to go.  It’s been a rough year but has not gotten to that point – it was super scary and I knew that things needed to change.  I started by grounding my daughter for a week, getting her into therapy for her own anxiety problems and got serious about my own mental health treatment needs.

i decided to celebrate my birthday a day early – a quiet day at my mom and dad’s.  i let my sister and her husband know that if they wanted to travel that i wouldn’t be opposed to their appearance.  my husband, daughter and i packed up and went on up.  I picked out the food and purchased it myself so i could have exactly what i wanted to eat – shrimp skewers with pineapple, peppers and onion.  BBQ chicken.  black beans and rice.  corn on the cob.  and lemonade of course.

we ate outside, the breeze was blowing and the gardens were lovely.  i watched the hummingbirds feed on sugar water, the finches, robins and other birds nibbled on seeds at the feeding station.  bees buzzed by.

for my birthday i bought my daughter a gift – the Banzai water slide.  Now when I looked on amazon for the product picture it lists from about $65-75.  Now that is crazyness right there.  I bought it on clearance at kmart for $25.  It was the best $25 i’ve spent all summer.  Now i’m sure you are wondering why i would buy a gift for my daughter when it was my birthday?  well – it bought me several hours of leisure on a typically stressful day for me.   she was so busy playing with it that i didn’t hear the “mom, mom, mom, mom.” over and over again.  I also didn’t hear, “i’m bored” or other please entertain me even though it’s your birthday complaints.  I could sip on lemonade, play horseshoes, watch my family harvest from the garden, zone out, relax.

PS – the actual product appears much smaller than what is pictured on the box – creative photography and all.  The reviews are bad on it but i love it – even if it doesn’t last as long as people think it should.