The thickened mixture before adding colouring

Today, after many days of wet weather, we took advantage of a sunny day and spent the entire day (minus nap time) outside.

Pots of coloured fingerpaint

First thing in the morning I made finger paint. Once it had cooled and I’d done my jobs inside we went out, set up a table and lots of paper, aprons and old clothes. And the girls made as much mess as they wanted. They had a great time.

Let the fun begin

Then I hand washed all the woollen baby clothes outside in a tub and the girls played in the baby bath filled with warm soapy water. It got rid of all the paint. And then they ran around outside kicking the ball and picking things (both unripe and ripe) from the garden until lunchtime.

It all sounds quite romantic.
Anyway, the finger paint recipe is:

3 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup corn flour
2 cups water

You warm all these in a saucepan until it thickens, then I divided it into little pots and added food colouring.

The great thing was that the kids covered themselves in it and what stayed on them seemed to dry and just peel off. It left no mess. So happy busy kids and happy mum with not having to stress about cleaning up 🙂