Activity for ages 1 to 8.
Did you know you can make your own paint? Yep, you can. And you should! With just a few household supplies, you’ll be able to create for days. With this simple, taste-safe fizzy flour paint, you’ll be ready to paint within minutes. Never run out of paint again!
One of my favorite aspects of making my own homemade paint is that I know exactly what’s inside so I can make it taste-safe for my toddler and other visiting little people who love to paint and might want to sneak a sip.
To make our fizzy flour paint recipe, we only needed three basic items from our pantry:
- Baking soda
- Food coloring (You can use liquid watercolors instead if your batch doesn’t have to be taste-safe.)
I grabbed a little bowl of water, toothpicks for stirring, a container for the paint, vinegar in a squeeze bottle, and some paintbrushes.
Don’t have baking soda or don’t care to make fizzy paint? Here’s a non-fizzy version of flour paint!
How to Make Fizzy Flour Paint
I used a plastic egg carton to make our fizzy flour paint, but you can use a muffin tin, baby food jars or other containers you have on hand.
I put about a tablespoon of flour into four compartments of the egg carton and added about half a tablespoon of baking soda to each.
To make sure that the colors were bright, I mixed the base ingredients with a generous half tablespoon of food coloring for each color.
Finally, I poured in a tablespoon of water before I started stirring each color with a toothpick.
Interestingly, the amount of water it took to make a smooth consistency varied greatly between colors. The violet color only required a tablespoon, while I almost used two tablespoons full of water for the blue.
The kids couldn’t wait to dig into the paint! Note that while we used paintbrushes this time (unlike with our Process Art with Plastic Easter Eggs and Toddler Process Art with Q-Tips art projects), this would also be perfect for a finger paint project.
You can see how firm, yet smooth the consistency was, and how bright the colors were. I loved watching my kids paint and experiment!
When they started to wind down and lose interest, I brought out the vinegar.
It added a whole new dimension to the activity!
The flour in the paint made for an interesting change in the normal interaction between baking soda and vinegar. When my daughter first poured the vinegar on the paint, nothing seemed to happen. I was disappointed for about 15 seconds – and then I saw it! The reaction was still happening, it was only delayed. And once it happened, the bubbles were very impressive and lasted for a long time.
My daughter was happy just watching the bubbles, but my son decided to try out the new consistency of the paint. It was very different, but still a whole lot of fun!
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