A homemade DIY paint recipe for the kids that contains all edible ingredients, zero toxins, and is super cheap and easy to make too!
Whether you’re trying to keep busy during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic or are trying to spend more family time together, crafting with your kids is a great way to pass the time and let your kids express their creativity.
Crafting can serve more of a purpose than simply nurturing your child’s creativity, though. Sensory activities play an important role in the cognitive development of children. They love tapping into their senses – sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch.
These homemade paints are so quick, inexpensive, and easy to make – you can literally create these non-toxic paints from basic pantry items in about 10 minutes. The color options are near endless, and because these paints are made from all edible ingredients, you won’t need to stress about kids or pets ingesting the paint.
Since these DIY paints can be made in just a few minutes, you can guide their energy into something productive and creative like painting very quickly. Simply follow the recipe below to blend the flour and salt together, and then whisk in cold water until dissolved.
It’s then just a matter of mixing in the coloring of your choosing. Once the mixture is to your liking, you can put the paint into a squeezable sauce bottle, Tupperware, jars, or whatever you may have around the house. You will need to give them a shake/mix before using if they have been prepared 24 hours or more, prior to use.
These homemade paints are pretty easy to clean, however, it is highly recommended to avoid getting them on fabric, as food coloring may stain. A big waterproof tablecloth, painting drop cloth, or shower curtain are great for painting indoors, while painting outside in the grass or driveway works like a charm.
Enjoy this crowd-pleasing recipe and let your kids express their creativity without many worries!
Below you will find the ingredients needed for the recipe as well as instructions for making the non-toxic paint. You might need to learn by doing, and modify the mixture ratio of water and flour, as well as water and food colouring.
For this project you will need the following ingredients:
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup cold water (It is key that the water is cold. If the mixture is lumpy, dilute with additional cold water.)
- Food coloring (For more vibrant colors, use food coloring paste.)
- Blend flour and salt together in a large bowl.
- Add in cold water and mix until smooth.
- Add food coloring and mix.
- Increase food coloring until desired color is reached.
- Pour paint into containers. Always shake/mix before use.
- Have Fun!