With three little ones in the house, there are less opportunities for concentrated mommy-time. And now that Will’s preschool is out for the summer, the chance for me to get dedicated time with Weston is even slimmer. So it comes as no surprise that when I decided to do some finger painting with Weston (his first time!), that he was really into it.
And when I say “into it”, I mean he was literally in the paint and some of it got into him 🙂
The entire experience was like riding a roller coaster with an adrenaline junkie who is scared of heights. One minute there is shrieking, crying, complete fear…the next sheer joy. It makes it hard to make a definitive statement about the experience.
Weston is in that phase where he doesn’t like his hands dirty…so this was completely uncomfortable at the beginning but I think he got the hang of it.
The paint we used is toddler friendly – it’s just a mixture of corn starch and water and food coloring. I first made this paint when Will was little (we first made it with flour) and even though it is not toxic to eat…it doesn’t taste good…at all.
There is no recipe that I follow…I just use about a quarter cup of water and add the flour or cornstarch till the consistency is close to what I think paint should be. Obviously the more cornstarch the thicker the paint. Blend it really well with a whisk. Then add the food coloring till it looks the color you want. I use regular liquid food coloring or the gel food coloring…the result is the same. Just make sure to add enough to get a rich saturated hue.
It’s a good idea to have a cup on hand because cornstarch makes your entire mouth yucky. And because dehydration is real.
Weston obviously loves me. Here he is signing ‘more’. Which obviously means more me. It has nothing to do with the fact that I just gave him a gummy bear. Nope. Nothing to do with the candy. Everything to do with me 🙂
Since this first time, Will has done fingerpainting with Weston several times and is currently teaching him the ‘smash’ techinique which is where the child tries to smack the paint as hard as he can to splatter everything around him in paint. It’s my favorite ever. No. Not really.
Are you ready to see these works of art? They are gonna be priceless one day…when Weston becomes the next Jason Pollock. And you can thank me later for exposing you to these masterpieces.