The weather here in the Alamo City has turned cold. Colder than it has been in recent history. There is even talk of snow this week, and not just in the Hill Country. With freezing temperatures occuring on Thursday, there is a possibility of schools being cancelled, leaving you stuck inside with restless children.
How does one survive this arctic weather? By harnessing your child’s energy into some art projects! But if you don’t have the necessary finger paints and play dough, or you do not want the chemical ingredients on your child’s skin, try some homemade alternatives.
Finger painting is guaranteed to satisfy your child’s urge to squish something between their fingers and get messy. They will also, perhaps inadverdently, create a masterpiece that will be proudly displayed on the refrigerator. Here is a great recipe for homemade finger paints.
3 tablespoons of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of corn starch
2 cups of water
Combine ingredients in small sauce pan and warm until mixture thickens. Cool and pour into containers. Add food coloring to create different colors.
Play dough can have a tendency to go into the tiny orifices of a child’s head, or into the mouth for a little taste testing. With homemade dough, you don’t have to worry about your little one accidentally swallowing some nasty chemicals. Here are a couple of recipes:
Non-Edible Play Dough
1 cup of flour
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
1/2 cup of salt
1 to 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
1 cup of water
Mix flour, cream of tartar and salt in a pan. Mix desired food coloring with water. Add oil, then add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture in the pan. Cook over medium heat. NOTE: the amount of salt in this recipe can be fatal to pets. Store in a tightly sealed container.
Edible Play Dough
1/2 cup of peanut butter
2 tablespoons of honey
1/2 cup of flour
Mix all together.
Your child can create colorful pictures with homemade glitter and glue.
5-6 drops of food coloring
1/2 cup of salt
Mix together and stir well. Cook in microwave for 1-2 minutes, or spread mixture onto wax paper and air dry. Store in an airtight container.
Using homemade art supplies is a great way to safe guard your children from potentially harmful chemicals. Many of these supplies can also be made with your child, and is a great way to teach measurements and basic science.