Monday, September 27, 2010

Yummy Scented Fingerpaint

I saw this posted on Almost Unschoolers and thought it sounded like a fun idea.  Homemade fingerpaint  that smells like Fall....Sounds Cool, Right?


1 cup corn starch
8 TBS sugar
4 cups water


Mix it all together and cook and stir over medium heat until it starts to thicken.  I actually cooked mine a little too long and it came out more like a gel than a paint, but Nathan and I liked it better that way.  To make the paint smell like fall scents, I added a little of each to the paint - cinnamon, ginger, apple pie spice, pumpkin pie spice and I cut open an orange spice tea bag to use as well.  Then, I added some food coloring to each bowl with the scents (orange, brown, red, green and yellow). 

Nathan and I used sponge paint brushes, instead of our fingers.  We painted pictures of fall trees.  I also found some print outs of leaves online and printed those out, which we painted and I cut out once they dried. 

The next day, we made a tree using paper bags and taped the leaves to the tree.  This made a really awesome fall display for our house and was a great way to showcase Nathan's art work as well.


Emmy said...

No way! Never would have guessed you could make paint with those ingredients. Cute tree!

Katie Adams said...

new follower from Follow me Tuesday! I applaud you on keeping your head on straight with 6 kids. Mine spins around with only 2 kids! LOL!

Hope to see you soon around my blog.


WCA Yash Travel said...

new follower from FMBT

Ruth said...

That is one of the coolest ideas I have ever seen, and my craft-crazy four year old would love it! I can't wait to try it--she begs me to do crafts all day long, and most of the time I am struggling for ideas!

I'm just popping in from the Tuesday hop. I really like your blog. That picture of your family on the top is great! I'm now following. Stop by if you get a chance!

Anonymous said...

I am a new follower from the blog hop.
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Closer to Lucy said...

You're my new hero!! Great pics and fun kid time!

I'm out for FMBT!!! Come visit me!

BTW...liked you on FB too!

Unknown said...

I am a new follower from the Tuesday Blog Hop. This is too cute. I love the tree on the door with the leaves. I am going to have to use this once I start my in home child care back up! Love it!

Becky Jane said...

Just had a long looksie around on your blog! Scented finger paint sounds really fun! New follower from FMBT!
Hope you can stop by for a visit!
Thanks, Becky Jane
Raising kids can be a lot like weeding the rose bed...well worth it, but...OUCH!

Anonymous said...

6 children is definately quite an adventure! :-) Stopping by to follow your blog from Follow Me Back Tuesday! Looking forward to connecting with you here and on your Facebook Fan Page!

Carrie A Groff

Jackie said...

Great idea! I love how the tree looks on the door!

Ginny Marie said...

That looks like so much fun! I can't wait to try it with my daughters!

Visiting from SITS! Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

What a cute idea too! Thanks for sharing :)


An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I love how your tree turned out!

kewkew said...

I can't wait to try this. I tried a fingerpaint recipe before that didn't work and this looks so much better. I love the idea of making it smell like fall. And painting leaves to cut them out would work perfectly. I could take our apple tree and give it some fall leaves.