I did not make the paints ahead of time, but instead, I had the kids help me make them. T helped measure and D helped stir. I did the hot water part. Once the paint was all mixed, I added a couple of spoonfuls to each of 7 different little 4oz tupperware containers. The kids told me what colors they wanted in their cups, I added the food coloring, and they stirred it up. Another mom helped make other colors in the extra cups.
I also provided different mediums for the kids to use to create their paintings besides their fingers. These are some of the tools the kids used:
- Plastic forks
- Cooked spaghetti (this one was popular!)
- Cookie cutters
- Foam stencils
- Sea sponges
This is the recipe I used:
- Mix 1 cup corn starch with 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon cold water. This will be hard to stir, but make sure all the corn starch is wet.
- Add 2 to 2 1/4 cups nearly boiling water (think small bubbles) and stir until smooth. Consistency will be gloopy.
- Allow to cool for just a few minutes so it is safe for the kids to handle.
- Spoon white paint into different containers (one for each color you want to make).
- Add 3-5 drops food coloring to each container to make desired colors.