Today I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes from our new book, 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids. Those of you who already own the book can just flip to page 105. :) For those of you who don't have the book or aren't familiar with it, it's got a whole line of naturally dyed sensory recipes (natural dye playdoughs, rice, paints, watercolors, etc.). It also focuses on allergen-free recipes and this recipe is free of all of the most common allergens, which makes it a perfect first paint for babies and young toddlers. The book also has 72 activities for babies, so if you've got a little one you'll be able to find tons of new ideas for play. When I wrote the book, I wanted to include all of our best recipes. Half of the book is new, but of the half that has recipes from the blog - nearly all of them have been reworked to be better and clearer. This recipe is an example of one that's been reworked - it originally appeared on the blog almost 2 years ago here. But I worked to make the consistency more paint-like and the colors brighter and bolder.
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I'm really proud of how they turned out!
Here are the directions, directly from the book.
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This is a wonderful idea! My one year old always wants to do what the big kids are doing so I will definitely be trying this for her. How fun!ReplyDelete
Perfect!! :) :) :)Delete
How does this do as a long-term display art? Does it start to stink/mold after a few weeks?ReplyDelete
I've never tried it because I suspect that it would mold. If you try it and it doesn't, let us know! :)Delete
I can't swear to it...BUT...most times mold & decomp are related to moisture, so if the picture were small enough I would try sticking it in my food dehydrator. It has worked for us on things like the leaves my kids collected & wanted to glue onto paper for gramma. I knew they would be nasty fast if left as is & desiccation them takes time...so, they weren't perfect, but they also didn't shrivel or become weird & brittle. You can also try dessication if you don't own a dehydrator. Just put it in a plastic tub, cover with clay litter (make sure it is dry enough not to stick first) and then check it occasionally & stir litter around. It pulls out all moisture pretty quick.Delete
For the pictures i want to keep, I actually just stick real close by & give them large paint brushes (think house painting) and real acrylics on canvas. I think it is worth the money as I love to hold onto a few baby paintings from each child. So far, I've never had anyone attempt to eat anything I couldn't catch in time.
Does it stain their hands or come off easily with soap and water?ReplyDelete
We've never had issues with it staining skin - it's always washed right off.Delete
Thanks for sharing we will have to try this my boys will love it!ReplyDelete
Awesome!!! :) :) :)Delete
I have been trying to find something like this for years! Dyes cause some real problems here so this is really special. Does it have to be brown rice flour, or will white work as well?ReplyDelete
White will work as well! So glad to be able to help! :)Delete
Great-thanks! Can't wait to get your book once it's back in stock on Amazon!Delete
Thank you! The reorder for Amazon was ready on Monday, so it should be back in their system any day now. If you're willing, I'd order soon since the price is climbing and right now it's really good - only $12! :)Delete
Do you have this book in spanish? Im from Mexico and i want can play whit my baby whit your book!ReplyDelete
Sadly I don't yet. I hope to some day soon!!!! <3Delete
Ah I read that other comment! Great news <3ReplyDelete
I would suggest if you want to save something the kids painted with this, use modge podge over it when it's dry. That would seal out any moisture and oxygen that could cause mold.ReplyDelete
Sounds like it could work to me!Delete
What's modge podge? Is it like hair spray??ReplyDelete
It's a glossy coat you can paint on crafts - you can find it at Michaels or another craft store.Delete
You can also use white or clear school glue mixed with a little water to seal the paintings if Modge podge isn't available in your area. Ddo make sure ahead of time that the white school glue dries clear as most do, but you never know.Delete
Does it have to be rice flour? Thanks!ReplyDelete
Nope - but rice flour is the least allergenic if you have a young baby. :)Delete
Thanks for sharing! I have ordered your book in Amazon (ES) some time ago, waiting for them to have stock again... do you know when is going to be avaialble? I can't wait to have it :))))ReplyDelete
Lo siento!!! My publisher has had a lot of trouble keeping my book on the shelf - as soon as they print a bunch of them, they sell out and then we are left waiting for the new batch of printed books to arrive. It might be another few weeks, sadly. :( :( :( I know several thousand books will arrive in another week, so if Amazon ES didn't get books before we sold out this last time, they'll be able to buy books in another week. If you are willing to contact them and ask, they might have a better estimate for you. I am so so sorry it's taking so long for everyone to get their books! It makes me so sad to have to make everyone wait for so long. Thank you so much for your patience! <3Delete
Would it be okay to use the photos of your finished products (not the pages from the book) if I link back to this page? They turned out beautifully and I would eventually love to share them on my blog!ReplyDelete
Thank you for asking! I allow for the use of ONE photo if and only if you don't also offer any part of the recipe/directions/tutorial and if you do offer a clickable link back to this page. Hope that helps! :)Delete
YAY have been looking for some safe homemade paint thank you! My kids love playing with paint and this will be handy.ReplyDelete
So clever. I looked you up because I just got your book as a gift. My first thought was, "Oh I probably won't be into this." Then I opened it and my second thought was, "Wow. Those kids live in a FUN house!" A few pages in I was dog-earing pages and thinking, "Oh I can't wait to try this! The kids (and I) will LOVE it!" Thank you so much! What a gift!ReplyDelete
Then I saw that you are also a Seattle Blogger. Love it! I'm just across the way blogging from my home on Vashon.
Much love and thanks again!
Hahahaha I love the progression! And thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a kind note. How fun that we are "neighbors"! :) :) :)Delete
Hi Asia, can I keep them in fridge for aweek?ReplyDelete
You could try, but I'm fairly sure they would mold. If you need to make them ahead of time, I'd try freezing them and then thawing them and adding a bit of water. Hope that helps!Delete
I absolutely love this idea my son is 6 months old and is quite advanced a little for his ago. He would go insane!! So much fun!!ReplyDelete
Oh perfect! My little girl was the same way at 6 months -- there's a whole list of creative baby activities here that I compiled that would probably be perfect for him (just search for "creative baby" in the search bar and it'll pull up the post). Hope you two have fun! :)Delete