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Toddler Talk: Salt and Flour Paint

We do a lot of painting at our house. At least a few times a week, we take brush to paper and create. Sometimes I try and shake things up by creating our own paint. For those reasons I try and always have some powdered tempera paint on hand. Powdered paint is inexpensive and can be found at most art supply stores or online. You can make traditional paint by adding it to water, or experiment with a few other ingredients to make some unconventional (but fun) paint. I added some salt, flour and water to powdered tempera to make a doughy textured paint that is great for squeeze painting. If you don't have tempera paint on hand, I've got you covered. I will show you at the end of this post how you can make the same paint using food coloring instead. Ready to paint?

You will need:

1/4 cup of salt

1/4 cup of flour

1/3 cup of water

4 tablespoons of powdered tempera paint

Squirt bottle or small zip top bag

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until the mixture is no longer lumpy. Pour the mixture into a squirt bottle like the ones used for condiments.

The paint in the squirt bottle produces very thin lines. It also requires a lot of squeezing which is a great way for little hands to work on their fine motor skills.

If you don't own a squirt bottle or even if you do, try putting some of the salt and flour paint in a small zip top bag. Close the bag and cut a tiny triangle off one end of the bag. Your child can squeeze the paint out the way someone would use a pastry bag.

As you can see, using a baggie produces different results as the paint comes out thicker.

When using the squirt bottle, you will want to shake the bottle while your finger is on the tip to make sure all the paint is loaded near the opening. This way when your child squeezes the bottle, the paint will come out right away.

If you don't have powdered tempera paint, no problem. Simply follow the recipe above and substitute food coloring for the powdered paint. How many drops you use depends on how deep you want the color.

Pour the paint in a squeeze bottle or zip top bag and have fun!

Since this paint is thicker it does take some time to dry. I let ours dry overnight. One of the coolest things about salt and flour paint is that when it dries it has a puffy, textured feel thanks to the flour and salt.

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