Summer Made Simple: Edible Painting

Yup, that’s right.  I said edible.  It’s super simple, very easy and the kids loved it.  I love the glossy texture to the paintings.  They are so fun!

Simply mix light corn syrup and food coloring together in several small dishes or cups to create the colors you desire.  Have the kids or adults draw a picture using black crayons onto construction paper.

We chose to do a guided fish drawing, meaning that Mommy walked them through the simple drawing step by step.The first {top} one was done by my 6 year old Big Guy and my daughter, my Sweet Girl {8}  did the second one.  The last one was my example.

This would be fun used as scribble art for a little child.  Have them scribble a black blob and have an older child fill in each section with lots of colors.  Flowers would also be pretty.

I didn’t begin the project telling the kids that the paint was edible.  I waited until they got some on their arms and then said, “Well, lick it off.”  I got the strangest look from my son.  Then of course, once he knew he wanted to eat the “paint” straight from the container using the brush.  He had to be told no.  🙂

I think this would be fun with little ones too.  Put them in swim suits, tape their paper to an outdoor table and pour the “paint” on to their paper.  Let them use their fingers to paint the pictures and then have them play in the sprinklers to wash off the sticky sugary paint.

Allow the paintings to dry for a couple days before displaying them.  They dry perfectly shiny like the picture above.

We added a little learning into our project by discussing warm (red, orange & yellow) colors and cool (blue, green & purple).  The goal was to create a warm colored fish surrounded by a cool water scene.  My son almost freaked out when he accidentally started painting the fish head green and remembered that it was a cool color.  I assured him it was fine.

**  As a side note, we used a 12×18 piece of paper and it took a LONG time to paint.  I’d recommend a 9×12 piece instead. **

Happy crafting and happy summer!

(((( DISCLAIMER – Ummm… 3 days later I found my Big Guy with a blue mouth.  After asking him what in the world he had been eating he sheepishly said, “I was licking my fish project.  It tastes SO GOOD!”   Ha ha ha!  In calling it Edible Paint I didn’t actually intend for them to eat it after they made it. ))))

Summer Made Simple: Water Painting

Water painting with kids isn’t something new and most of your probably already do it, but I tend to get so busy during the school year that some of the simple things in life tend to get pushed out.  NOT THIS SUMMER!  Back to the basics…

To help my kiddos get creative I took out large white construction paper, white crayons and water colors.

At first, my Sweet Girl didn’t want anything to do with it.  That was until she saw me sit down and start drawing my picture.  Suddenly she became very interested in getting creative too.

Don’t our creations look great?  Super simple, super easy, things we already had in our home.  But, they were fun and we did them together. 

My Big Guy made a picture of the solar system.  I loved hearing him name all of the planets as he drew them and then explaining their colors while painting.  BONUS:  A little educational review and some fun, simple art.  Wahoo!

Happy summer to you and yours!






Linked up at: Skip to my Lou, Craft O Maniac, Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Making the World Cuter, Keeping it Simple,

Rainbow fun

In honor of both the Noah story and St. Patrick’s Day we’re having LOTS of rainbow themed fun!  We’re integrating music, Bible stories, math and art.  What great fun!

To begin the week we HAVE to learn the rainbow song and read the NOAH STORY {there’s a Noah song we learn too but I’ll post about Noah another day}.

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple,

red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple,

red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple

makes the rainbow BRIGHT, BRIGHT, BRIGHT!

We made rainbow colored splatter paintings using droppers and all of the colors of the rainbow.  Who doesn’t love getting messy at preschool?

Our paint is ready to go!  Check out those fun droppers from Discount School Supplies.

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Letter N

Noisy nightingales need new nests.  Letter Nn is our focus letter this week.  In addition to a plethora of letter n activities we are doing abstract noodle painting.  Grab some noodles and get ready for some fun.  Using both cooked and dry noodles (any kind of noodles will work) have your child create an abstract piece of art on the Letter n page shown Continue reading

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