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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Homemade Bath Finger-paints!

Necessity is the MOTHER of invention!

I have no doubt why the word "Mother" is used in this proverb.  Mothers can invent whatever they want if they need it!  That is exactly what I did tonight.
My invention!
The boys got an adorable bath set for Christmas.  It had sponges, water musical toys, crayons and finger-paints.  The boys loved the finger-paints and used it up in a matter of days.  Well, this Momma was not going to spend the money on more bath finger-paint.  It was WAY too expensive.  Plus, the geniuses who made the finger-paints put soap in it that burns kids' eyes.  I know this from experience as the cheer delight changed quickly to "I have soap it my eyes, it BURNS!"

I was on a mission.  I looked up homemade bath finger-paints but all the recipes used dish-washing soap.  Am I the only one with kids who whine about soap in their eyes?  That is when I came up with my own recipe.  I think my boys were just a wee bit excited about the prospect of more bath paints.

Homemade Bath Finger-Paint

Here is what you need:
  • Tear-free Baby Wash & Shampoo (buy the cheap stuff)
  • Cornstarch
  • Spoons and/or spatula
  • Small funnel
  • Containers (I used the same ones that my originals came in)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Smaller bowls for mixing in color
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Food Coloring (I did not like the Walmart brand, I still have it all over my hands)
In mixing bowl, combine 1/3 cup baby wash and 1 tablespoon cornstarch.  Mix well.  Add more cornstarch if you prefer a thicker consistency.
My boys helping me make their paints!
Your mixture will be white.
Separate portions of the mixture into smaller containers.  Add food coloring to each small bowl until you reach your desired color.
The purple needs to be darker!
I used a funnel to put the paints into each container.  Then I got impatient (big surprise) and just used the spoon or spatula to pour it in.
Here are my finished bath paints.  The kids loved them and don't worry it didn't stain their bodies or the bathtub!  Let your kids paint away and then with a little spray of water, it is gone!
Make some for your kids tonight!  They will think you are amazing!  Don't worry, I already think you are!  This would also be an awesome birthday gift!

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