Chores, cleaning, getting kids off to school, making dinner, homework, struggle for bedtime, and clean once again. Every day it can seem like a scene from Groundhog’s Day. I admit that with a little one at home, running a business, and taking care of wife and mom duties can make a mom boring. Trying to keep my little guy occupied during the day can itself be a chore. I try to keep myself creatively amused as an adult because sometimes adulting just is not fun- at least that is what the meme says. I have a coloring book for myself that I drag out a few times during the month, journal, doodle but lately I got the watercolor bug. I treated myself with brushes, paint and paper- just for myself. To relax after a crazy day I will find myself in bed with all my goodies and just create something. Usually this is also the place where the kids find me to avoid their bedtime. Most nights while I am coloring, we will pile on my bed and they will watch or beg me to try. And as much as I am a control freak, I break down and let their color shine in on me. I already have a nice collection of their creations. But it got me thinking…. I really want to be selfish with my colors as this was in some way my therapy and good gravy, the cost of buying multiples boards of watercolors for the kids – they go through it like clean socks, was a little over our family budget. So I logged into the Pinterest world- got distracted a few times by shinny and yummy treats, but finally landed a few good recipes for homemade watercolors.
I love to get crafty and I admit I am usually the Pinterest fail mom, but I pulled up my Martha Stewart panties, headed to the pantry to check supplies and planned a craft surprise with my gang.
And oh the fun we had! I could not believe how simple and how fun this turned out to be. And the best part- it actually worked!!
Cast Of Characters:
- Ice tray or little container
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon corn syrup
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- Food Coloring
- Craft sticks (to stir)
I started with corn starch and baking soda and I had the kids make sure they watched and guess what will happen when we added the vinegar. Their reactions were awesome!
Once everything is added, give it a good mix. It is a little tough to mix, but keep going. Then pour mix into ice tray in equal amounts (about 3/4 full).
Next, the fun part! Take your food colors and start making your colors. This can also be a great lesson for kids on color theory. And the best part- you control the colors!
The mixing part was a little tricky as the colors like to sit on top of the mixture, so have a strong hand and give it another mix after you do all the color to make sure it’s all mixed again.
After you are done creating your colors, you can put your tray in the freezer to make it dry faster or leave it to dry somewhere safe in the house. I left mine out to dry naturally which took 2 days. Both ways work great!
Look how much fun! Now go raid your pantry and get crafty with your little ones! Keep in mind that these are made just for fun – there is no archival properties to these paints. If you wanna keep their creations forever, take a photo of it, print it, and keep it in a journal! Need more recipe ideas from Pinterest- Check them out here!