Today I have made a discovery that could potentially save me a fortune. You see, my son loves to paint - which is a good thing, of course. The trouble is that he squeezes great big gloops of paint out every time and the Crayola finger paint he has costs (gulp!) $14.99 a pop. That's a lot! (I only bought it because I had a little left on a DJs voucher that I needed to spend.)
On Saturday I was lucky enough to find Robin Barker's cookbook at the library and, flipping through it, I noticed a recipe for fingerpaint - the answer to my prayers! It's so very easy to make.
Place 1/2 a cup of cornflour, 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Cook over a medium heat until the mixture eventually thickens (5 minutes or so). Put paint in containers and add whatever food colouring takes your fancy.
Of course the paints don't have the desired vibrancy of bought paints ... but my little tacker didn't seem to care.
What remains to be seen is if the food colouring comes off his hands and his clothes (hmmm...).
PS: I suppose every other parent in the world knows how to make paint and here I am thinking it's some great revelation...!