During advent, I like to do a fun activity per day with the children, ranging from quick ones like singing Carols or dressing up on days I go to work, to making salt dough or mince pies on Sundays when we have more time to be creative and tidy up afterwards.
Last week-end, we made finger paint, and we all had a great time. I had made it with the big ones before, and adapted it slightly to make it thicker and easier for little hands to play with, as Jumpy is only 13 months old.
It is easy to clean, washes off clothes easily, takes about five minutes to make, uses ingredients I had in my cupboard, and is gluten-free, which was essential for us as Jumpy is allergic to wheat. It is also edible, and I have to say Jumpy spent the whole time feasting on it rather than painting, but that was stress-free paint-licking! I would not eat it myself, but there you go…
Crevette (5 years 4 months) and Beanie (3 years 2 months) also loved putting the ingredients together, adding food colouring and seeing the white paste become a vibrant pink, red, orange, blue or yellow. They really enjoyed using their fingers and getting messy as well. Needless to say, everyone needed a bath afterwards!
You will need:
½ cup (70g) corn flour
4 heaped tablespoons (80 g) sugar
2 cups (480 ml) cold water
Using a wooden spatula, mix the corn flour, sugar and water in a medium pan and heat, stirring, until the mixture bubbles a bit and thickens. It should take just under five minutes. Let it cool down, then divide it into five or six bowls. Add as much or as little food colouring as you want, and mix well. It should be quite thick and perfect for little hands to play with.
Give the paint to your budding artists (mine each had their little containers with their own paints to avoid unnecessary arguments), A3 paper or card and let them be creative!