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Shiny Condensed Milk Paint

Shiny Condensed Milk PaintA couple of days ago as Gracen was emptying and restocking Grandma Charlotte’s pantry shelves just for fun (obviously), she came across a can of condensed milk.  GC had no idea why she had it or what she’d ever do with it, but I had an idea… Shiny homemade paint!

I’ve made this paint tons of times to use at the painting station in my Kindergarten classrooms, and it’s always been a hit.  It’s bright and thick and glossy, and when used on an easel, it doesn’t drip.  The best part is that when it dries, it maintains its sheen.  Plus it’s super simple to make… In fact, Gracen made it mostly on her own – it’s that easy.

IMG 4204Here’s what you need to start with… A can of condensed milk, some food colouring, some small bowls or cups (muffin tins work well too), and some teaspoons.

IMG 4207To get started, we poured a little bit of condensed milk into each cup.

IMG 4206We went with 5 separate cups this time around, but you can choose to do more or less.

IMG 4210Next, Grae squirted in about 5 drops of liquid food colouring (more for an extra vibrant finish and less for a more pastel look).

IMG 4213We stuck to the basics and added purple, but obviously you can create any colours you choose.

IMG 4214Then my little helper gave each a good stir.

IMG 4217Here’s what we ended up with.

IMG 4223With our new paints made, it was time to get creating.

IMG 4224I’d say she was pleased with the results, wouldn’t you?

IMG 4227The other fun part about these paints is that they drizzle really nicely due to their thickness…  And who doesn’t love some messy fun, right?

IMG 4241Here’s the end result.  A beautiful masterpiece created by our beauty. ☺

The parts that were just painted on regularly took a few hours to dry, while the puddles took about a day and a half to lose all of their stickiness, but it does eventually dry and it does stay very shiny.  Because of the milk and sugar content of this paint, I can’t say how long it will last for, but it looks lovely for now. 


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Two Ingredient Bath Tub Paint

2 Ingredient Bath Tub PaintTonight Gracen and I whipped up some insanely easy “paint” to amp up this evening’s bath time fun. The best news? It only contains two ingredients.

IMG 1117Before getting started, we rounded up a few things… Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid Soap (ours is almond scented), some traditional liquid food colouring, a couple of paintbrushes, and some paint containers. 

IMG 1119With our materials gathered, we got started by pouring some of our liquid soap into our containers.

IMG 1120Next, Gracen squeezed a few drops of food colouring into each.

IMG 1124And gently stirred the colour into the soap.

IMG 1125That’s it!  Less than two minutes later and we were ready for bath time.

IMG 1131IMG 1130IMG 1139Once in the tub, Gracen happily painted the tiles with “numbers” and “zigzags” using her homemade paint.  It was a messy, drippy, bubbly good time.

IMG 1153Another perk? We ended up with a blue and purple bubbly tub full of water.

IMG 1157And a squeaky clean toddler who smelled deliciously of almond.

When it came time for bed, we took the shower head down, gave the tiles a rinse, and watched all of our designs melt down the drain with almost no effort.  I must admit, our white grout is tinted slightly pink and blue in a few places, but meh – it will fade with time. All in the name of good fun. ☺

Two Ingredient Bath Tub Paint

  • 4 tablespoons of Dr. Bronner’s pure castile liquid soap
  • 3 – 5 drops of liquid food colouring

Measure out soap. Add food colouring. Stir.

Have fun!

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The BEST Scented No Cook Play Dough

The BEST Scented No Cook Play DoughGracen and I may have just stumbled upon the best. play dough. recipe. ever. today….  Now I know I said similar things about this recipe, but this new one involves no cooking (win!) and smells delish (double win!) We did have to make a trip to the grocery store beforehand, as several of the ingredients are not things we regularly keep on hand, but it was well worth the trip.  This is by far the softest, squishiest, smoothest, nicest feeling {and smelling} play dough I’ve ever come across.  

BEST Scented No Cook Play Dough Instructions

 The BEST Scented No Cook Play Dough

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of  table salt
  • 1 packet of Kool Aid (the kind you have to add sugar to)
  • 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of glycerine (readily available in the first aid section of most grocery stores)
  • 3 drops of gel food colouring (in a colour that coordinates with your Kool Aid colour)
  • 1 cup of boiling water

Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Add wet ingredients, saving the boiling water for last.  Add the water and give the mixture a quick mix, banging off your whisk every once and a while.  At this point, the mixture will seem way too wet and sticky to make good play dough… Do not fret!  Leave the semi-mixed dough on the counter to cool.  Once cooled for about 10 minutes, dump the mixture onto the counter and knead really well.  At this point the dough will still seem a little too soft and sticky, but resist the urge to add flour {unless it is so sticky it is gooping up your hands}.  Knead for about 3 minutes, or until the dough reaches the perfect consistency.


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Homemade Puffy Paint

7 times out of 10, if you ask Gracen what she’d like to do, she’ll answer “Bike ride!” or “Park!” Guaranteed, the other 3 times you’ll get a very enthusiastic “Paint!”  So that’s just what we did today.  With G on my lap, we browsed my Toddler Activities Pinterest board looking for a fun and new painting method to try.  There were many options – wellie boot painting, muffin tin painting, fizzy sidewalk painting, salad spinner painting, bubble painting, and more – but the pin she selected?  This homemade puffy paint recipe.

IMG 9509Though we stuck to the recipe fairly closely, we used a slightly different method to make it.  Here’s what we gathered to get started…  Water, salt, self-raising flour, food colouring, a zip-close bag, an ice cube tray, and some paint brushes. 

IMG 9512I of course had the help of this monkey too. (I asked her to do something funny and this was her immediate reaction… Good to have a solid go-to funny face on deck for moments just like these.)

Puffy paintThough you really don’t need it, we used a mason jar to hold our bag upright and open for us (a cup would work just as well) so that Grae could add ingredients without having to hold the bag open at the same time.  First, she added the salt and flour to the bag.

IMG 9516Then we zipped it closed and she gave it a good shake.

IMG 9519Next, we added the water…
IMG 9524Zipped it closed again {making sure all of the air was out first}, and she smushed everything together until it formed a goopy paste (this was her favourite part).
IMG 9530Next, we cut the corner off of the bag.
IMG 9531With just a tiny bit of help, Grae squeezed the mixture out of the bag and into our ice cube tray.
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Then she added several drops of food colouring to each compartment.
IMG 9540Using our paintbrushes, we stirred the colouring into the paste.
IMG 9542
IMG 9545Then it was time to paint!
IMG 9547Although most posts about homemade puffy paint instruct you to microwave your artwork, we rarely use ours and I really didn’t want Grae sitting in front of the microwave peering in while each of her pieces ‘baked’.  Instead, we popped ours into the oven for a few minutes on the lowest setting, and it seemed to work just as well (putting them in the sun to dry would probably work too and may give the paint more of an opportunity to rise also).
IMG 9552The result? Fully dry, yet slightly squishy paint blobs that can easily be hung or added to a art portfolio without crumbling apart.
Want to try for yourself?  Here’s our recipe…
Homemade Puffy Paint
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of self-raising flour
  • 2 1/2  tablespoons of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of water (you can add more or less depending on your desired consistency, just be sure to not make it too thin, otherwise it won’t ‘puff’ well)
  • food colouring
  • 1 zip-close bag
  • 1 muffin tin or ice cube tray
Place the flour and salt into the bag, zip closed, and shake well.  Add the water, zip close, and smush around until the mixture forms a smooth paste.  Cut the tip off of one corner of the bag and squeeze the paste into your muffin tin or ice cube tray.  Add food colouring and blend.  Create your puffy paint masterpiece making sure to lay the paint on thick.  Bake your artwork in a 150 degree oven for 2 to 4 minutes.
Have fun!
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