July 12, 2013

Toddler Made Homemade Paint Recipe

No Cook Soap Paint Recipe

Toddler made - no cook - homemade paint recipe

I have been having so much fun sharing our favorite homemade paint recipes.  Recent favorites include Kool Aid puffy paint, scented sidewalk chalk paintand Kool Aid finger paint.  Looking through older photos I realized I have never shared this simple no cook paint recipe.  My favorite part about this homemade paint recipe is that it is toddler made!  That's right, my toddlers love to whip up a batch of this paint.  It is one of our favorite recipes for play and art.

How to Make Soap Paint

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Directions:  Tank and Peanut (16 months) help me dump the ingredients into a ziploc bag.  I seal it tightly, and they take turns squishing the bag between their tiny hands.

Once they tired of squishing the bag I gave it one or two last squeezes to ensure that all of the ingredients were well combined.

Then I cut a small hole in one of the corners of the bag and squeezed the paint base into bowls.

I gave the boys food coloring to add a few drops to each bowl, and then I mixed in the color with a spoon.  It's as easy as that!  From start to finish the process takes five to ten minutes.  Of course, if you just make it yourself without the help of a toddler you could mix it in about two minutes, but squishing the bag is half of the fun.

I usually spread a piece of butcher paper on our toddler table when Tank and Peanut paint.  It makes the perfect canvas for their art, and the entire work surface is protected.

We affectionately call this paint recipe soap paint, because of the large amount of dish soap.  My little guys went through a long oral phase where they thought it was hilarious to eat paint.  During that time we stuck to edible homemade paint recipes.  Thankfully they are moving past that phase, so I think it's time to bring out this no cook paint recipe again!  The dish soap won't hurt them if they sneak a tiny taste, but obviously I don't want them consuming large amounts.

The best part about this paint recipe is that it has dish soap in it. Even though painting with toddlers can be a messy activity the dish soap helps paint wash right out of clothing. Here are my best tips and tricks for messy play as well as laundry tips to avoid stains.

This recipe will keep for a couple of weeks if stored in an air tight container, but we usually end up using most of it in one sitting.

Clean up tip:  Rinse the bowls well before putting in the dishwasher to avoid overflowing suds in your dishwasher.  Don't ask me how I know this...

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  1. Haha - love that your little one started to paint himself. Precious picture =)

  2. Does it dry nicely? If my son paints on canvas

    1. It dries nicely on paper, but I'm not sure how it would be on canvas. I'd test a small area first.

  3. We tried this pant today and my toddler had lots of fun with it! We tried it on a few different kinds of paper and ended up taking all of the extra outside, putting it in a cookie sheet pan and putting hand and food prints all over our backyard side walk. I will update you on whether it stains and how long it takes the sun and rain to fade it away!! :)


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