Combine colours + paint = happy kids 🙂 That’s why I am introducing this super-duper simple homemade finger paint that your kids will absolutely love. It is made of two common household ingredients that are easily and cheaply available at home.
It’s so easy you wouldn’t believe it. Here goes, the ingredients and tools required are:
- Hair cream ( any reasonable brand will do as long as it is creamy in texture and has a white base colour). I used Follow Me Hair Cream because that’s what my husband is using to tame his mane 🙂
- Food dyes in as many colours as you like, I recommend about 3-4 to make things more interesting. (Update as of October 22, 2016, I was told that using water colours instead of food dyes may be less staining)
- Containers or dish to mix colours.
- Optional tools – something to consider when your kids get bored with the finger paints: paint brush or empty toilet rolls bent into heart shape as stamps.
- Optional cleaning agent: Mix a bit of baking powder (not baking soda) with water to remove stains from food dyes.
Mix hair cream and the food dye of your choice evenly and that’s it – ready for your kids to play anytime!
In order to minimise mess, I always prepare this Homemade Finger Paint for my kids on a warm day before they took their shower. Since it is bath time, they took off their clothes – naturally and I do not have to worry about the paint staining their clothes. My 5-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl enjoy painting on the bathroom tiles. This usually buys me 30-45 minutes of “coffee break” while I watch over my kids.
After that, I gave them sponges and they enjoy cleaning up their “mess” to the tune of Disney Junior’s “Clean up your mess” song. Then it is followed by shower for them and everything is clean in a jiffy. No mess right? You might get some stains in between the tile groove lines but these will eventually fade off in 1-2 days. If you dislike the stains on your child’s fingers, wash off with some baking powder mixed in water. Some colour like red tends to be a bit harder to wash off but they are otherwise harmless.
Precautions when using Homemade Finger Paint
This Homemade Finger Paint recipe is not suitable for children below 3 years old or children who still like to put things into their mouths. For younger children say 2-3 years old, try mixing plain yogurt with a teeny bit of food dye, natural food dye or even milo in a large dish or tray for them to play with.
If you are looking for something more permanent, say an edible paint on paper, try this recipe from Martha Stewart. It’s a little bit tedious but you get to keep the final work on paper.
Do take note that you should never use this finger paint on natural stone surface such as granite, marbles or any other expensive surface for that matter. Always do a tiny test patch using light colours like yellow if you are worried. Natural stones are naturally porous and stains will seep into the tiles which will be very hard to remove unless you grind off the surface. If you do not have ceramic tiles in your bathroom, consider painting on glass surface instead.
As for leaving young child/children in the bathroom, it goes without saying that you should NEVER take your eyes off them. Not even for a nano-second. No checking Facebook or reading a book either as we may tend to get carried away.
I remember there was a time I left my then 4-year-old boy in the bath alone because I had forgotten the bath towel. I only hesitate for a few seconds to decide on which towel to use and when I return? My son had got bloody gums all over his mouth. Till today, no one knew exactly what happen… Scary right? Imagine that it could have been much worse.
Since we are talking about playing in the bathroom, I guess it’s as good time as any to talk about the hazards of drowning too.
Myths of Drowning Debunked
Drowning is one of the major causes of death for children worldwide. Here are the top 3 facts about children and drowning that all mommies and caregivers should be aware of:
- Babies and toddlers (between 1-3 years old) can drown in only an inch of water e.g. when they slipped and fell face down into water. Keep the bathroom door closed when not in use and always supervise your child in the bathroom. If you need to answer an urgent call, always wrap your child in a tower and remove your loved one from the bathroom first (Source: Baby Centre).
- Unlike in the movies, drowning is a silent killer. It is very likely that the drowning victim never called for help, make any noise or splash water at all (Source: Mypoolsigns). Hence, never take your eyes off your child when in the bath.
- Drowning can happen in as quick as 30 seconds, barely time for you to check a message on your phone and look back up (Source: Mypoolsigns). That’s the reason I always abstain from using the mobile phone whenever my children are playing with water. Better be safe than be sorry right?
Hope you find today’s article useful. Have fun and stay safe, folks!
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