I'm back with a Make a Mess Monday post! This time, Lorelei and I painted the town red -- and blue, and green, and purple...
I was able to whip up the paint pretty easily during her naptime. To make it, I combined 3 cups of water, 1 cup of cornstarch, 5 Tbsp of sugar, and a tsp of salt in a saucepan and stirred (and stirred and stirred and stirred!) over low heat until it got really thick and paint-like. (I actually intended to follow this recipe, but then wasn't paying any attention and dumped in 3 cups of water so had to modify. Maybe it would have gone faster the original way -- it took quite a while for it to thicken.) Then I put a few drops of food coloring into each cup of a 6-cup jumbo muffin tin, added the paint base, and voila!
I wish we had a giant roll of butcher paper, but newspaper taped to the bricks on our patio ended up working pretty well. Next time, I'll tape even more down -- Lorelei wanted to have lots of room to spread out, and I ended up with a few baby footprints that I had to hose down later (it came off really easily, in case you were wondering). I gave her some sponge paintbrushes to try, and she seemed to love dipping them in the paint and then touching them to the paper.
I know from the pictures it looks like she ate more than she painted, but she really only put the brushes near her mouth a few times -- and since the ingredients are safe, I didn't worry too much about it (though of course redirected so she doesn't get in the habit!).
Not bad for a lazy afternoon activity. [p.s. did you see Margaux's post about her own cornstarch + baby fun recently?]