Friday, 22 July 2011

rainy days...

The past few days have been rather wet & miserable around these parts. So to preserve everyone's sanity. we've been busying ourselves with a spot of arty play. 
Homemade fingerpaint & playdough  are very easy to make, with the added bonus of being cheap. I love the fact that I know exactly what is in them, so they're safe for little hands (& mouths, although they're not at all tasty).
Huckle loved the finger painting, getting messy is right up his alley. He was a bit unsure of the playdough & prefered to just wack it with whatever tool was on hand. But lot's of fun was had & it was a good way to distract a crazed, house-bound toddler. 
I'm putting together a little art station, so we can create together on a daily basis. So far I have these two, plus drawing supplies. 
Do you have an art box? I love to hear your ideas for arty play.

Here's the recipes I used, if you'd like to make your own. I'm unsure of their origins, but I think they're from a teachers resource. 
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
1 tbsp cream of tartar
1 tbsp cooking oil
food colouring
Mix the water & flour to a paste, add salt & cream of tartar. Stir over medium heat until thick. Allow to cool before adding dividing into quarters (or however many colours you'd like). Add colouring & 1/4 of the oil to each portion & knead until smooth. Store in an airtight container.

Finger paint
1/2 cup corn flour
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups water
food colouring
Mix over gentle heat until smooth. Divide into containers & add colour.

There are so many recipes to be found, I've pinned a few on pinterest for future makings. Next batch I'm going to try some natural dyes for playdough & some milk based finger paints
The sun is out, so we're off to make the most of it. Have a happy friday!


62cherry said...

lovelovelove xx thanks for sharing
can you believe how big our little ones are getting?? how quickly does the time go

Anonymous said...

Crafting with kids is always so much fun :)
We have boxes full of stuff for crafting with...anything that can be used gets kept.

suzy hausfrau said...

Great recipe, the oil looks like it makes a real difference, thanks for sharing...but what really made my day is the use of the Avent containers. In our house they have been reused for all sorts of things.