1 cup of corn starch
2 cup hot water
1 cup cold water
I knew that he'd put the paint in his mouth and wanted to be sure it was safe to eat and free of toxins. I mixed up two parts corn starch with one part water, divided it into smaller containers and mixed in food coloring. I wanted the colors to be bright and vibrant, so I added in a lot of food coloring. I knew this would stain Wesley's skin (clothes, diaper, floor, etc.) so we were careful to get him right in the bath after we were done painting. We also opted to put him in a disposable diaper and put a drop cloth on the floor. We didn't have any problems at all, but Jarrod and I were both in messy clothes just in case
Our method was to spoon some finger paint on the canvas and hand it over to Wesley. After the first few, he had lots of different colors on his hands so each canvas got a little bit of all the colors. We only did 3-4 canvases at one time just so we could keep track of things.
Modge Podge. All I did was paint a thin layer over the paint, once it was completely dry. I allowed it to dry for several days just to be sure I didn't mess it up.
We gave canvases to Wesley's teachers at school and included them in gifts to some of his friends, his nanny, Aunt Courtney & Uncle Philip, and grandparents. Jarrod and I also kept one ourselves. It's a very simple craft that I know we'll cherish for a long time. We plan to do another craft similar to this on a very large canvas for above our bed in our bedroom. I'll let you know how it goes!
What are some of your favorite baby or toddler crafts? How do you help keep your little one involved in gift-giving?