I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now. My son and I had a blast on this project. It was the sort of day that makes me feel good as a mom. Have you ever seen that look in the eyes of a child that screams “You rock!” or “THIS IS THE BEST DAY EVER!” This was that sort of day.
It was so simple and yet so beautiful all at once.
Having two kids under two can be a challenge. There are days when I feel like I’m not giving my best to either kid. However this morning I still had some energy left to me when my daughter went down for her morning nap and I knew the weather was going to be outdoor worthy.
So, I got a wild hair. I love those ? They make life fun.
I decided to make up a batch of finger paints for my son and I to play with. Truth be told, I had no intention of actually playing but I did want to let him get messy. I tend to do that. If you and your kids like messy projects you should read my post titled “Play With Pudding“.
Because this batch of paint is cool whip based it will not last long but if your toddler is anything like mine, that won’t be a problem. I would suggest making small batches for each color, I used baby food jars because I already had those on hand but you can use any type of small container you already have at your house. The reason I decided to use whip cream was because I wanted this to be edible finger paint. I was too worried that my son would taste anything I created, and yes, he did taste this paint.
It takes alot of food coloring to create bold colors. Next time I won’t be so picky about the colors. I will say this though, the blue did stain my son’s shirt but once again, I don’t think this would have been a problem if I hadn’t used soo much food coloring. Of course, anytime little ones are involved in any sort of paint project you should pull out the play clothes that are okay getting stained. Heck, that pretty much applies to anytime my son plays outside. There is ALWAYS a risk! Kids will be kids, and they should be.
I took a trash bag and cut it longways to protect my back porch from the messy adventure that way about to unfold. I honestly had no clue what I should expect from this because my son (to my knowledge) had never played with paint before. The short answer is that I should have expected a mess. So! If your child is playing with paint for the first time, just know, it will get messy! ?
It didn’t take long for him to put his little fingers in the jars and start pulling out handfuls of paint. I could tell by the look on his face that he was really enjoying it.
He had soo much fun squishing the paint between his little fingers. Some of it did go into his mouth, some of it ended up on the porch as you can tell from the picture below and at one point he even finger painted the birdhouse. Other than his shirt, everything washed clean.
This was an easy project and it really made my day. I know it made his. So, what are you waiting for? You know it looks like fun! My toddler and I had fun which means that there is a good chance you and your toddler will as well. Plus, it is sooo cheap and easy! A must do for any parent or care giver out there.
Update: Crayola Washable Finger Paints cost about $9 and I have bought some since this day because I like to have paint for my kids at the house and this recipe doesn’t have a long shelf life but knowing that I can make up a batch with cool whip is nice and it allows for impromptu adventures.