Here are some of the recipes that we use and are still on the "to try" list. 

Puffy Paint Mix
This paint mix will dry on the paper leaving a "puffy" image.

Items needed:
Tempera Paint

Mix equal amounts of flour, salt and water (ie. 1/2 c of each). Add liquid tempera paint for coloring. Pour mixture into squeeze bottles and paint away. When mixture dries, it will become puffy.

Homemade Finger Paints

Items needed:
2 cups cold water
1/2 c. corn starch

Mix the water and corn starch together in a sauce pan over high heat.

Bring the mix to a boil whisking the entire time.  
When it thickens remove it from the heat and let it cool. 
Divide the mixture into small dishes and add food coloring .  
Let cool. When it's all cool it's ready for fun.

This makes quite a lot of paint. Use 1/2 now and store the other 1/2 in an airtight container in the fridge. When you are ready to play with it just heat it up a little and add food coloring and ready to go. 

Condensed-Milk Paint
Items needed
1 cup of Condensed Milk
Food coloring

In bowl, mix 1 cup condensed milk with many drops of food coloring to make a very bright, glossy paint.
This paint is not intended to be eaten, but it won't harm a child who decides to make a snack of it.
Store covered in refrigerator.

This paint does take a couple of days to dry and will run if left in the heat. 


Items needed
-2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk
-Small bowl
-Warm water
-Food coloring

Measure the dry milk into the bowl. Add enough warm water to make a thick paste. 

Add a few drops of food coloring and stir the mixture until it's smooth. Cover the paint and refrigerate it for storage.

Sidewalk Paint
Items needed
1 cup of cornstarch
1 cup of water (or equal parts of cornstarch and water)
5-10 drops of food coloring or liquid watercolor

I mix the water and cornstarch in a bowl and then pour it out into 6 cup muffin pans. 
I then add my drops of food coloring or liquid watercolor. 
Mix it all up. If still too thick then add more water to get the consistency you want. 

* to add some extra excitement you can add vinegar in a spray bottle and spray your chalk paintings for some fizzy fun. 


Alum Playdough

2 tablespoons of alum
2 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons of oil
a few drops of any food coloring you wish

Pour the dry ingredients into a pan and stir. 

Then, stir your food coloring and oil and water together. 
Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients carefully while you mix them together. 
Afterwards, you will need to knead the mixture. 
This recipe is best stored in plastic containters in the fridge.

Kool aid play dough
items needed
1 c. flour
1/2 c. salt
3 tbsp oil
1 pkg of kool aid

mix flour, salt, oil and kool-aid. Add 1 cup of boiling water. 
Stir together, Knead mixture until it form a soft dough. 
Keep in air tight container.