What You’ll Need
• ½ cup cornstarch
• 2¾ cup cold water
• 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
• ¼ cup cold water
• Small jars with lids for storing your paint (we find it easier to dip the paint out of teacups)
• Food coloring
How To Make
• Mix cornstarch with 2¾ cups cold water to make a smooth paste in a saucepan until no lumps remain
• Meanwhile soak the gelatin in ¼ cup water to soften until it’s needed
• Cook cornstarch mixture over medium heat stirring constantly until mixture boils and turns clear(ish)
• Remove from heat and stir in gelatin mixture
• Cool and divide into several different jars for various colors. Stir in food coloring until you have a pleasing color that is well blended.
This recipe makes about 3 cups of paint.
What You’ll Need:
strong wood glue
cardboard or gift box
There are so many great ways to get your pasta working for you!
Animal cut out – let your child draw a large animal or similar on the cardboard.
Help them to cut it out and then squirt or paint glue all over the cut out.
Position the pasta on the glue before it dries.
Name plate – write your child’s name in large block letters on the cardboard, help your child to cut this out and then cover with glue.
Position the pasta to cover it completely before it dries.
Draw and fill in – encourage your child to draw something that will be fun to fill in with pasta shapes.
For example – a huge race track or a big pond with surrounding plants and flowers.
Next position the pasta to cover it completely before it dries.
What You’ll Need:
Non-breakable container with sides (dishpan, cake pan, disposable casserole dish, etc.)
Straws (bendable straws work best)
What You Do:
Trim paper as needed to cover the bottom of the container. Place the paper into the container with sides. This helps control the extra paint that blows around.
If using store-bought paint, you may wish to water it down a bit for easier mobility across the paper.
Have your child choose a color and dribble a bit onto her paper.
Give her a straw and let her experiment with blowing the paint around on the paper. Caution her against sucking in through the straw.
Continue adding colors until your child completes her masterpiece. Talk about what you see in the abstract design. What does the painting make her think of?
Allow the painting to dry and then encourage your preschooler to sign her name in the bottom corner.
Coffee Can (any size)
Marbles, golf balls, ping pong balls (any kind of round rolling objects.)
Construction paper (cut to fit inside of can)
Paint (tempera slightly thinned)
How to make it:
Cut paper to fit around inside of can.
Using eye droppers, drip in small amounts of paint. Limit number of colors to 1 or 2.
Drop in marbles or gold balls, etc.
Roll on the floor or in hands in a circular motion to distribute paint.
Remove finished painting to dry.