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Pudding Paint

Doing this activity for the first time with my two and four year old brought out their different personalities so clearly and humorously.  Little Lauren literally dove into the pudding and started body painting.  Her masterpiece never made it on the wall because it never dried and we left that thing out for a few days!  I was happy with my decision to try this outside.  So, use small bowls of pudding to give your little ones that like to get dirty.  As for my contemplative four year old, he dipped in a finger or two and made a few lines and thought that was enough for him and off to wash his hands!

I used pistachio pudding for St. Patrick’s Day but like the idea of vanilla so there are no nuts in it.

Pudding Paint Recipe:
Instant Vanilla Pudding
Food Coloring
Mix pudding according to directions
Add food coloring for desired color.
You can also use different flavors of pudding for different colors of paint.


How to Make Playdough Video

Here is a video that shows you how to make homemade playdough. She adds color to the dough to use for a theme or holiday like green for St. Patrick’s Day.

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How to Make Modeling Clay

You will need:

2 cups salt

2/3 cups water

1 cup cornstarch

1/2 cup cold water


Stir salt and water in a saucepan over heat four to five minutes. Remove from heat and add cornstarch and cold water. Stir it until smooth; return to heat and cook until thick. Store in a plastic bag.

Use clay for sculpting animals, people and many other things, it is lots of fun for the children!

Homemade Finger Paint

This non-toxic paint is easy to make and a fun way to be creative at home.
1/2 cup corn starch
4 cups water, boiling
food coloring
Dissolve the corn starch in a small amount of cold water in a saucepan. Gradually add the boiling water while stirring. Cook, stirring constantly until the mixture is clear. Add the coloring.


Salty Painting

What you will need: salt, food coloring, water, paintbrush and paper.

Mix together salt, water and coloring to make your salt paint. Have child paint and leave the paper to dry. The water will dry and leave the salt behind. Ask your child, “What does the painting look like without the water?”

Afterwards, I thought it would be a great activity to do for a winter scene because it looks icy when it is dry.

Learning moment: Salt absorbs water, like in the ocean. The salt is attracted to water.


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