- Bath tub paints. When I decided to try this idea, I actually combined a post (which I've lost) about tub crayons and the post from Meet the Dubiens about tub paint. I got a set of small, plastic containers that have screw-on lids, and decided to use Wilton frosting colors rather than food coloring. And, WOW, did the colors come out vibrant! Also, I used some old tear-free shampoo we had sitting around, rather than bubble bath. It was translucent pink to begin with, but you couldn't tell when I was done! I did notice that my paints separated a little between uses, but all I did was stir them up when we were ready to use them again, and all was fine. Don't be concerned about how bright the colors are - it washes off (and out!) with no trace. Maybe because the dye is mixed into the soap first? The one thing I don't like about the recipe is that there tends to be some corn starch left in the tub once it has drained. It just needs a bit of rinsing again afterward, if it bothers you. Little Miss loves her bathtub paints, and I'm due to make some more as our little bowls are almost empty!
- If you are looking for regular finger paints, check out the recipe from Easie Peasie. There is also this one from The Imagination Tree, which looks a bit thicker and maybe better for toddlers.
- A great one to try this summer would be sidewalk paint from Hammer & Thread. I think it's so cute how she painted the recipe on the concrete, then took a picture of it!
- Make a dimensional paint with the recipe from Delaware County Moms.
- Also paint-related: Don't like letting your little one have lots of paint? Try cutting small pieces of sponge, then soaking them in paint, the way they did on Baballa [it's in Spanish, though, so I can't tell you any more than that!]. Or, you can re-use a frappe cup to minimize spills.
Oh, and come back tomorrow for a discussion about dough!