by Fredrica Syren:
My whole family has been sick with bronchitis for the past week, so we have been stuck at home. Since any physical activity is out of question, painting has been on the agenda. My kids love to paint — especially with their fingers — but so far I have not been very happy with the ingredients in store bought paints. Not only does the paint get absorbed through their skin but also my children sometimes put their hands and fingers into their mouths and ingest it. (Especially 14-month-old Noah — who thinks everything should be tasted at least once!)
I’ve made my own recipe, which is super easy and fast to make. I love it because I know that the paint includes only organic and natural ingredients, and is super cheap, too. I use non-toxic food coloring to create different paint colors, but very natural vegetable colors such as beet juice, turmeric and spirulina can be substituted if you wish. I keep my colored paints in small used yogurt containers. When the kids paint, I also give them a bowl of water for cleaning their hands. Another tip to make clean up easier: place an old table cloth on the work surface so paint will get on that instead of table. Just fold it up and reuse it for another painting session.
4 tbsp. sugar
½ cup corn or potato starch
2 cups water
Whisk sugar, starch and water in saucepan until it’s lump free. Bring to boil while constantly whisking until it thickens. Simmer on very low for 3 minutes. Set aside to cool before pouring into individual cups and adding colors.