Friday, January 25, 2013

Mess free toddler paint (using Ziploc bags)

Now that Baby Chuck and I've already tried one finger paint recipe, I figured we'd give another a try.  We found a nice and easy recipe for finger paints from Easie Peasie and then we learned of a great mess free trick from Housing a forest   Here's what we did:

- 3 T sugar
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/2 C cornstarch
- 2 C water

- saucepan
- fork
- measuring cups and spoons
- Ziploc bags
- masking tape

1.  Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan.  Warm until you get a thick goop.

 2.  Once thickened, remove saucepan from the heat and let it cool.  Then, pour your sticky goo into different containers.  Add food coloring into each container and stir until you get your desired color.  (Don't taste the goo.  It's gross.  Just thought I'd put that out there...)

 3.  Pour your paint into the Ziploc bags.  Squeeze out the air from the bags and seal them shut with masking tape.  Then, let your child squish to his heart's delight!

 Disclaimer:  Baby Chuck enjoyed squishing the paint around for a couple of minutes... and then he moved onto something else.  But not to worry, Hubby and I then had a go at the bags.  It was quite relaxing to squish the colors around.

Have a great weekend!


  1. Awesome paint! Look at him doing big boy stuff :)

  2. this is somewhat similar to the sensory bags i made for my flatmate, and found quite calming myself. instead of making the paint, i use cheap shower gel or soap. you can put small items inside the bags too, plastic items are best. you can use plastic letters or numbers to teach reading/math (i.e. how fast you you find X, or find me the answer to 1 + 4), just about anything you are teaching can be made more fun with these bags.

  3. Oooh. That's another awesome idea. Chuck's just starting to identify his letters, so any fun practice there would be great. :) Thanks for sharing!

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