Now that Spring is just around the corner, it’s a great time of year to explore colors with your Little Pnut. Painting can be a wonderful way to introduce colors and color mixing, as well as a whole-body sensory extravaganza! Worried about your Little Pnut tasting the paint? Never fear! We’ve got you covered with this flour-based paint recipe – it’s easy and non-toxic but doesn’t taste good enough to keep your little ones coming back for more. Let’s get artsy!
What You Will Need
- 1 cup flour
- Boiling water (1-2 cups)
- Cold water (1-2 cups)
- Food coloring (gel or liquid)
Make The Paint
Place your flour into a large, heat-safe bowl. Heat your water until boiling and then add enough of the boiling water to the flour to make the consistency of peanut butter. Stir well to remove lumps. Use cold water to thin out the paint until you reach your desired consistency. If lumps remain, you can pour the paint through a strainer to remove them. A few drops of food coloring, and voila! Safe paint for Little Pnuts to explore!
There are so many fun ways your Little Pnut can play with paint. For large-scale fun, spread a big piece of butcher paper on a table top or sidewalk (use duct tape to secure the edges) and let your Little Pnuts go! To keep painting experiences fresh, provide different “tools” each – traditional painting tools like brushes can be mixed with non-traditional items like toilet paper rolls, q-tips, spaghetti noodles, and cotton balls for experimenting. Try providing interesting “canvases” like fabric, bubble wrap, or foil instead of paper. Remember, try not to focus on the finished product as much as enjoying the painting process with your Little Pnut – let them make the decisions about how to paint their masterpieces and you will be fostering creativity, independence, and a lifetime love of art and learning!
This activities focuses on the following Developmental Milestones for your Little Pnuts:
Fine Motor Skill Development, Hand/Eye Coordination, Focus & Concentration, Creativity, Sensory Exploration, Language Development, Problem Solving
—Stephanie Haass, Little Pnuts Early Childhood Activities Expert & Blogger, www.two-daloo.com