Paints, Paints and More Paints

Icycle Paint
Materials Needed:
Your Favorite BioColorâ Paints
Craft Sticks
Ice Cube Trays
Craft Instructions:
Put BioColorâ in an ice cube tray, insert a craft stick in each cube and freeze. When completely frozen, it’s like drawing with chalk. As it softens it becomes more like a crayon, and then like paint. This is a great science experiment showing solids and liquids. Layer colors one at a time, then freeze for a layered ‘Striper Crayon’ effect.

Bath Paint
2 tablespoons liquid soap
Food coloring
Portion the soap into several containers and add food coloring. Let kids paint the tub and themselves as they bathe. These paint rinse easily off the children, the tub, the walls and you!

Bath Paint
Shaving cream, Food coloring, Muffin tin, Spoon, Paint brushes, Sponges
Place shaving cream in each section of a muffin tin. Add food coloring to each one and stir. When the kids are in the bath allow them to use the "paint" to paint themselves, the tub and the walls. Clean up is easy. Check for allergies first. Supervision is recommended for younger children.

Body Paints
2 cups non-irritating baby shampoo
Powdered tempera paints
Divide the shampoo into two or more portions (depending on number of children who will playing). Stir in enough tempera paints to make a medium-density color.
The children can smooth this onto their bodies, lathering to make shapes and designs. This comes off easily by running through the sprinklers.

Egg Yolk Paint
1 egg yolk
1/4 tsp. water
food coloring
Mix egg yolk with water and lots of food coloring. Use a paintbrush to paint on baked sugar cookies. Return cookies to oven until egg has solidified.

Evaporated Milk Paint
Mix evaporated milk with food coloring. Makes a variety of colors to paint with. Condensed milk makes enamel like paint

1 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. water
1/2 tsp. cold cream
food coloring
Mix cornstarch and cold cream together until smooth. Mix in water and food coloring. Use a small brush to paint designs on the children's faces. Store in an airtight container.

1 Tbs. Crisco shortening
2 Tbs. cornstarch
food coloring
Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Use sponge or fingers to apply to face. Wash with soap and water.

Face Painting
2 teaspoons white shortening
5 teaspoons corn starch
1 teaspoon White flour
Food coloring
Use rubber spatula, blend first 3 ingredients on a plate to form a smooth paste. Add 3-4 drops of glycerin for creamy consistency. Any food coloring can be added. (I used green. At that time my kid was "into" THE HULK) For brown beards, or caveman styles, just add 2-1/2 tsp cocoa to the above mixture. My kids thought it was great....and this goes back many years, since my youngest is now 18. The only problem I encountered was that over time (couple of hours) the heat from the faces, tended to make the solution shiny and it started to melt. But it is better than using regular make-up, or spending money on store bought if you are short of funds.

1/4 cup cornstarch
2 cups water
food coloring
Mix ingredients in saucepan. Boil until mixture thickens. Allow to cool, then pour into jars or other storage containers and color with food coloring. Best used on a glossy paper, such as butcher or shelf paper.

Finger Paint
3 cups water, 1 cup corn starch, food coloring
Boil water; remove from heat. Make a paste with the corn starch and a little cold water, and add this to the hot water, stirring constantly. Boil until thick and clear (about one minute). Add coloring. Use this paint while it is still warm, it feels great!

Finger Paint
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 cups cold water
Food coloring
Mix ingredients in saucepan. Boil until mixture thickens. Cool, pour into containers I usually double this recipe, omit the food coloring, and pour this into several jars, then add the food colors.

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 cups cold water
2 cups boiling water
Food Coloring
Mix 2 cups flour with 2 teaspoons salt. Add 2 1/2 cups cold water. Stir until smooth. Gradually add this mixture to 2 cups boiling water. Boil until smooth and thick. Add food coloring, then stir until smooth.

1 cup liquid starch
1/2 cup soap chips
6 cups warm water
Dry tempera or food coloring
Dissolve soap chips with enough water and stir until all lumps have disappeared. Add to starch and remaining water. Keep covered in plastic jar. Color may be added as children paint, or in the mix. A few drops of oil of clove prevents bad odors. Be sure to keep mixtures in covered jars in a cool location.

Finger Paint
½ cup of non-self-rising wheat flour
2 cups cold water
1 T. glycerin
1 tsp. borax (preservative)
1. In the saucepan, mix flour with ½ cup of water to form a paste
2. Add the rest of the water and cook over low heat until thick and clear
3. Let cool
4. Add the glycerin and borax
5. Divide and pour into jars.
6. Add food coloring to tint

Finger Paint
½ cup of cornstarch
3/4 cup cold water
2 cups hot water
2 tsp. Listerine as a preservative
1 Tbs glycerin
1. In the saucepan, mix cornstarch with 1/4 cup of cold water to make a smooth paste
2. Add the hot water, stirring to prevent lumps
3. Cook over low heat until mixture begins to boil
4. Remove from heat and stir in ½ cup cold water and Listerine
5. Divide and pour into jars.
6. Add food coloring to tint

Finger Paint Without The Mess
1/4 cup of liquid laundry starch
3 tablespoons of powered tempera paint
A large Ziplock plastic bag
Masking or cloth tape
Construction paper
Directions: 1. Pour the starch and tempera paint into the bag: then squeeze out the air before closing and locking it. (An extra piece of tape across the top will prevent any leaks.) Squeeze the bag gently with you fingers to blend the paint and starch.
2. Lay the bag down on the table. Use your fingers and hands to create one picture after another, smoothing out the bag each time you're ready to "erase" what you've done. Perhaps you would enjoy doing this to music too!
3. For a more colorful effect, slip a piece of construction paper under your magic painting bag.
Enjoy this finger-paint recipe without the plastic too!

Flour & Salt Finger-paint
2 cups flour, 2 teaspoons salt, 3 cups cold water, 2 cups hot water, Food coloring
Add salt to flour, then pour in cold water gradually and beat mixture with eggbeater until it is smooth. Add hot water and boil until it becomes clear. Beat until smooth, then mix in coloring.

1/2 cup of non-self-rising wheat flour
2 cups cold water
1 T. glycerin
1 tsp. borax (preservative)
screw top jars
In the saucepan, mix flour with 1/2 cup of water to form a paste. Add the rest of the water and cook over low heat until thick and clear. Let cool. Add the glycerin and borax. Divide and pour into jars. Add food coloring to tint

1/2 cup of cornstarch
3/4 cup cold water
2 cups hot water
2 tsp. Listerine as a preservative
1 Tbs glycerin
Screw top jars
In the saucepan, mix cornstarch with 1/4 cup of cold water to make a smooth paste. Add the hot water, stirring to prevent lumps. Cook over low heat until mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup cold water and Listerine. Divide and pour into jars. Add food coloring to tint

3 parts water
1 part wheat paste flour (same thing as wall paper paste)
Stir flour into water. Add coloring. (Wall paper paste can be bought at low cost in wallpaper stores or department stores.)

--A mixture of 1 cup laundry/liquid starch, 1 cup cold water, and 3 cups soap flakes will provide a quick fingerpaint.

2 cups flour
2 packs unsweented kool-aid
1/2 cup salt
3 cups boiling water
3T. oil
Mix wet into dry. The children love the color change. Then finger paint away.

Mix 1 teaspoon water and 1 teaspoon dish washing liquid with 1/2 teaspoon of food coloring to make vivid colored paint.

Homemade Washable Paint
Liquid Tempera Paint, Ivory Snow or Dreft Liquid Detergent
1. Mix 3/4 cups of paint to 1/4-cup liquid detergent
2. Stir well
This mixture works just as good as the commercial washable paint and is more economical. It also helps you strrrreeeettttccccchhh out your liquid tempera.

Homemade Watercolors
1 T. white vinegar
2 T. baking soda
1 T. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. glycerin
Liquid food coloring
1. Mix vinegar and baking soda together in a small bowl
2. When mixture stops bubbling, add cornstarch and glycerin. Mix well
3. Pour mixture into bottle caps
4. Add several drops of food coloring to the mixture in the bottle caps
5. Let dry overnight

Post Office InkThis idea was listed as a prop for a dramatic play center in correlation with taking a field trip to the post office, which my students love because the post master always lets them "cancel" their own mail with an official post office stamper.
1 tsp. food coloring
3 TBS. liquid starch
1 TBS. water
Mix the ingredients to use as ink for rubber stamps.

Bathtub Finger Paints
1/3 cup clear mild liquid dish detergent
1 Tbs. cornstarch
food coloring
ice cube tray
1. Mix liquid dish detergent and cornstarch together in a small bowl until blended.
2. Pour the mixture, in equal parts, into several sections of a plastic ice cube tray.
3. Add one to two drops of food coloring to each section of the tray and mix with a small spoon.

Flavored jello
Boiling water
Mix in enough boiling water to create a goo consistency for finger painting. Use finger-painting material or glossy paper. Children love the smell and the feel of it.

1 cup flour
1 1/2 cups salt
3/4 cup water
Combine flour and salt. Add water. This has a grainy quality, unlike the other finger-paints, providing a different sensory experience. Some children enjoy the different touch sensation when 1 1/2 cup slat is added to the other recipes.

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
3 cups cold water
2 cups hot water
Add salt to flour, then pour in cold water gradually and beat mixture with egg beater until it is smooth. Add hot water and boil until it becomes clear. Beat until smooth, then mix in coloring.

Another Recipe
3T. sugar
2 C. water
1/2 C. cornstarch
Squirt of liquid dish soap
Food coloring
1. Mix together all the ingredients except food coloring and cook until it thickens. Stir constantly with a wire whisk.
2. Divide into smaller bowls, and add different colors to each bowl.
3. Let the paint cool before letting the children paint.

Cut construction paper into shapes for the theme of the day or season.
Fill squeeze bottles with runny mixture of flour and water and add a few drops of food coloring to each bottle. Let your children squeeze the colored flour and water mixture onto the paper shapes to make interesting designs.
Variation: Mix equal parts of salt and flour together before adding water to make runny mixture. Then let the children squeeze designs on Styrofoam trays or sheets of cardboard.

1 tsp. flour
2 tsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. alum (powdered)
1/3 cup water
Mix dry ingredients. Add water slowly, stirring out lumps. Cook in a double boiler over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat when paste begins to thicken; it will thicken more as it cools. Keep covered. Thin with water when necessary.

Add cold water to 3/4 cup cornstarch to make a smooth, thick paste. Stir in boiling water until mixture is a painting consistency. Thick and almost clear is the way it should look. Spoon the mixture in small cups that the children can hold in their hand if need be. Stir in 3 or 4 tsps. of liquid tempera into each cup. Let the children brush this almost drip less paint on large sheets of painting paper to make designs and pictures. You can also use this mixture for finger-painting. Store in refrigerator for later.

Cornstarch Paint
1 T Cold water, 2 T Cornstarch, 1 C Boiling water, Food coloring Combine cold water and cornstarch. Stir until smooth. Add boiling water and stir again, until smooth. Add food coloring until paint is desired color. Let cool. Store this paint in a covered container. If mixtures dry between uses, add water to thin it.

Corn syrup
Food coloring
HEAVY DUTY paper plates
Disposable plastic cups
Old paint brushes
Pour the corn syrup into the disposable plastic cups dd food coloring to the corn syrup, stirring until mixed thoroughly (make as many colors as you like). Place the old paint brushes into the corn syrup paint. Have the children paint on the paper plates with the corn syrup paint any way they like. When the corn syrup dries, it makes a beautiful translucent design. This is a very messy but fun activity.

Add food coloring to Eagle Brand Condensed Milk to create a paint. When the "paint" dries on paper, it is very shiny.

Goofy Glass Paint
1/4 cup white school glue
1/4 cup liquid tempera paint
1. Mix glue and tempera paint in a small bowl.
2. Use a paintbrush to apply the paint to a glass surface.
3. Let the painted items dry overnight

Sparkle Snow Paint
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
Mix together and put in a squeeze bottle. Squeeze doughy paint out on to black construction paper. Make anything snowy, snowflakes, snowmen, - we made snow covered mountains with the moon and northern lights. Let dry thoroughly and it will sparkle. May also be painted (when dry) and allowed to dry again. This is a great 3 dimensional effect for snow.

Window Art Paint
1/2 tablespoon powered tempera paint
1 tablespoon clear dishwashing liquid
aluminum foil-lined muffin tin
Mix the powdered tempera with the dishwashing liquid until the mixture acquires the creamy consistency of house paint. (If you don't have powdered tempera, mix 1/2 liquid tempera with 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid.) Use the muffin tin to mix and preserve colours.
Then, pick a window: Picture windows are ideal for large scenes, while smaller panes can be filled with a series of pictures or flowers or rainbows.
Line the window sash with masking tape, spread newspaper to safeguard surrounding area and get busy painting!
To remove dried paint or to make corrections while decorating, simply rub off the designs with a dry paper towel.

Picture Window Paint
Paint a "stained-glass" holiday scene with wipe-away hues.
Powdered tempera paint
Clear dishwashing liquid
Plastic containers
Masking tape
Step 1:
Combine the powdered paint with small amounts of dishwashing liquid until the mixture becomes the creamy consistency of house paint. Then pour the paint into individual plastic containers.
Step 2:
Line the window sash with masking tape and spread newspaper to safeguard the surrounding areas.
Step 3:
Paint a winter masterpiece.
Step 4:
To remove the dried paint or to make corrections while decorating, simply rub off the designs with a dry paper towel.

2 tablespoons clear vinegar
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon corn syrup
food coloring
1. Mix the vinegar and baking soda in a bowl (the kids love this!) When the mixture stops fizzing add the cornstarch and corn syrup. Blend together - it will be rather thick.
2. Divide between three containers (I use the lids off of liquid laundry detergent like Tide and Cheer - they don't tip easily).
3. Add colors. Liquid food color makes a pastel paint while the paste food colors give a more vibrant result.
**I always at least triple the recipe. I got a couple of those artist palettes from teacher supply stores and have filled them and it looks nifty but the detergent lids hold more - I only put a bit in the bottom. These can be used immediately or allowed to dry to cakes like the purchased watercolors. (I found that refilling those purchased watercolor boxes wasn't worth it because they are so shallow)
*Tip: When using water color cakes add a few drops of water to the top of the cake at least a half hour before young artists start working and the color will come much easier.
Another plus to these paints is how quickly they dry, so unless you have a young artist that is totally into the water part, they can go home the day they are created.

1 Tbsp unsweetened powdered drink mix
1 Tbsp warm water
Several small containers ( or a muffin tin )
1. Mix water and drink mix in a small bowl.
2. Repeat this step using several different flavors, creating
different colors.
3. Paint your picture.
4. Let dry overnight before scratching and sniffing.

Finding things for the kids to do doesn't need to be a headache. John Thomas, author of "The Ultimate Book Of Kid Concoctions," says you can create great projects for your kids that are inexpensive and fun.
· 3 Tbs. baking soda
· 3 Tbs. cornstarch
· 3 Tbs. white vinegar
· 1 1/2 tsp. light corn syrup food coloring
Mix vinegar, baking soda, cornstarch, and corn syrup together in a small bowl. Divide the mixture into several small plastic tubs or jar lids. Add 6-8 drops of food coloring to each tub or lid, and mix. Use Wacky Watercolors as they are, or allow them to dry into hard cakes of paint. When painting with dry paint cakes, be sure to wet your brush before painting.
Experiment by mixing different colors of food coloring to create custom-blended colors of Wacky Watercolors. Use Wacky Watercolors with a pencil and a coloring book to create your own paint-by-number pictures

Easel Paint
1 spoonful powdered tempera paint
1 spoonful wall paper paste
Add warm water. Mix well. Consistency of paint should just be thick enough to drop from a brush.

Clown Paint
1/4 t Powdered tempera paint, 1/8 C Baby lotion, 1 squirt liquid dishwashing soap
Mix together. Easily removed by soap and water.

Puff Paint
In a small bowl, combine 1 cup white flour, 1 cup salt, and 1 cup water. Add 2 teaspoons of tempera paint and stir. Pour into a plastic squeeze bottle. The children can make designs by squeezing the paint onto paper. When the paint dries, it will puff up.

Mix 1/8 teaspoon Mrs. Stewart's Liquid Bluing with 2 cups water and let the kids paint the patio. It disappears!

Watercolor Paint
1 Tbsp. vinegar
1 Tbsp. baking soda
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. corn syrup
food coloring
small lids
paint brushes
Mix vinegar and baking soda in a bowl. The mixture will bubble up!
When it stops bubbling up add cornstarch and corn syrup. Blend together. Mixture will be cake like in consistency.
Divide mixture between about 3 lids.
Add food coloring (drop or two) to each lid and blend with paintbrush. You can use this immediately or let the colors dry into cakes. If dry use just like watercolors!

Homemade Colored Glue Paint
White school glue, Wilton's Cake Food Coloring ,empty glue bottles or small squeeze bottles
1. Divide the glue into how many different colors you want to make.
2. Add food coloring (Hint~~~ The Wilton's Cake Colors are VERY concentrated.)
3. Pour glue into squeeze containers
This glue is MUCH more economical than what you can buy in the store. Also, if you use the Wilton's Cake Colors, you can make almost any color of glue you can imagine.

Bubble Paint
Ivory Flakes
Food coloring or tempera paint
- Mix water with soap flakes until you have a thick creamy mixture. Add color.
- Then whip with a mixer until fluffy.
- Paint on shelf paper or waxed paper. Use your fingers.

Bubble Paint
Mix 1/2 cup of Ivory soap flakes and 1/2 cup water with tempera paint or food coloring. This thick, foamy paint will stick to milk cartons, Styrofoam food trays and other plastic containers. Pictures painted with bubble paint will have a thick texture, almost like frosting. It is just right for making clouds, fluffy animals, snow scenes, trees, and so forth.

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