“But what can I dooooooooo?????…” Repeat. Repeat again. Endless cycle of repeat.
Those words are like fingernails on a chalkboard, people. And while I don’t believe I should be my kids 24/7 personal entertainment, we still like to have a lot fun discovering together.
I recently learned about the easiest recipe for fun in the history of homemade entertainment… Enter our homemade kids paint. Made with only 3 insanely simple ingredients, I can almost guarantee you have everything sitting somewhere in your pantry right now. And I love it because it amuses everyone from the baby, to my preschooler, and me too! Not to mention it’s 100% toxin free. Win-win.
Here’s what you’ll need to make our homemade kids paint:
Directions for making our homemade kids paint:
In a medium bowl, mix together the flour with warm water until the mixture is very smooth. I found the flour mixed in much better with warm water, versus cold. Divide into however many containers you prefer and stir in your desired amount of food coloring. Paint away!!
That’s seriously it. You can use this paint as finger paint or regular brush paint. The measurements for the flour and water are definitely not set in stone. The amount I gave was for the consistency that I liked best, but it’s by no means a science. Feel free to add more water or flour until you reach your desired consistency. You can see what the texture of the paint is like once painted on paper, below:
This paint does not store well, so just make enough for what you’ll use that day. Funny story… I accidentally left a couple of containers on my counter for two days (don’t ask..the husband was out of town and things got craaaazy). As I was preparing lunch I heard a “POP!” and looked over to find one of the canisters completely bulging and leftover paint bursting through the seal. Helloooo, fermentation. I guess it could have made a great sourdough start for dyed bread, but not so great for painting with toddlers. Lesson learned. (But if anyone uses theirs as a sourdough start, let me know!)
So, how much does one batch of paint cost?
Flour: $0.07 (a 25lb bag of flour costs roughly $8 at my local Costco)
Food Coloring: Depending on how much you use, anywhere from $0.05-$0.20 worth.
Total Cost: $0.27 if we’re guesstimating on the high end. With an average 16oz bottle of Crayola paint costing between $3-$4, that’s an at least 90% savings. Now how’s that for being thrifty?
PS – I bought these cool squeeze bottles on Amazon here and I LOVE them.
Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did! It’s a lifesaver for those rainy day blues.
Homemade Kids Paint:
- heaping ¾ cup flour
- 1 cup warm water
- food coloring
- containers or squeeze bottles
- In a medium bowl, mix together the flour with warm water until the mixture is very smooth. I found the flour mixed in much better with warm water, versus cold. Divide into however many containers you prefer and stir in your desired amount of food coloring. Paint away!!