Amy at Mom Advice has a weekly post called “Notebook Experiments” where she tries out crafts or recipes that she listed in her Notebook. Her weekly Notebook post links to all kinds of fun crafts, recipes, and activities for families. The last two weeks, she has opened it up for participants, and I decided to give it a whirl. Of course a chance to win a Flip Ultra video camera also factored in to my motivation! *Wink* It’s been on my wish list for 6 months now, and I will flip out (sorry) if I win it! If you haven’t heard about this camera yet, you’ve got to follow the link and check it out.
The recipe is easy: equal parts cornstarch and water then add food coloring.
I didn’t have much cornstarch on hand, so we only made one color today. We’ll branch out into multi-colored sidewalk art another day. Jenna picked blue for the color she wanted to make and she helped mix it up. Here she is happily mixing:
We got a little too much water in the mix (Jenna thought it needed more) and found that it took a LOT of food coloring. Our first batch dried looking mostly white, so we added even more food coloring. The second batch looked more blue, but still not “bright.” Here’s a picture showing the whiter looking first batch with the blue batch beside it:
Notice that she’s writing a “J” in the bluer paint next to the white “J” that I modeled for her. Yay Jenna! Finally, here’s a pic I had to include because it shows her painting area, as well as what I call the cute, toddler squat:
Just out of curiosity, when we were finished I tried another “recipe” I had for sidewalk chalk paint from Parents magazine. It simply called for crushing up regular sidewalk chalk, adding water, mixing and painting. This mixture painted much more brightly but didn’t wash up as easily. It also still requires that you PURCHASE sidewalk chalk, while the first method saves some bucks. Bottom line: kiddos don’t care about how bright the color is. Jenna loves painting with plain old water! The color was an added “thrill,” but she thought the white-looking first batch was just as cool as the blue second batch. It’s all about the experience.