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4-ingredients, 4-steps, Homemade Paint Recipe

4-ingredients, 4-steps, Homemade Paint Recipe

A DIY, fun and educational activity for a non-toxic paint option.

This easy-to-follow recipe is an inexpensive process that allows nannies to include, encourage and explore creativity with their charges. Best of all, it calls for ingredients already found in the kitchen!

You will need:

  1. Flour -1 cup
  2. Water -1 cup
  3. Salt -1 cup
  4. Food Coloring (liquid watercolor is a great alternative if you have some) 

Follow these steps:

  1. Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the water and mix everything until you have a smooth consistency.
  3. Divide the mixture into 3 or 4 smaller amounts.
  4. Add in the food coloring, to make different colored paints.

You can use an electric mixer to speed up the process but using a wooden spoon and taking turns (teamwork) to mix in all the ingredients, makes the activity a lot more rewarding and fun.

Use throw-away or unused plastic containers or bags for dividing the mixture into smaller amounts.

Encouraging your charges to create their own color paints is the funnest part of this activity! It is also the perfect opportunity to educate them on the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue), and how they can create secondary colors, by combining primary colors. Allowing them to explore with varying amounts of color combinations can result in unexpected and exciting color options! The same paint recipe can also be used during one of these other summer painting activities.

You may need to increase the amount of paint you make, depending on how many charges you have or how many different colors they wish to create. For fool-proof paint consistency, remember to always use EQUAL amounts of flour, salt and water, for every batch mixed!

Getting your charges to help you in every step of this paint making process guarantees a fun and rewarding activity!


NB: This DIY paint process is a safe, fun, and rewarding way for your charges to explore their creative painting talents. It is not recommended to replace acrylic, tempura or other paints used by artists who create timeless masterpieces.


For another fun and super easy recipe, why not try this homemade playdough making activity.


That said…

Easy! Peasy! We all win!

Let the painting fun begin!