Easy Homemade Paint Recipe

We have made this easy homemade paint before, about 6 months ago now, and it was time to try it again with some new, delicious, candy colours! This time Pop was able to get in on the action too and it made for a nice combination of mixing and concocting, creativity and sensory investigation.

 Recipe:

  •  1 cup water
  •  1 cup plain flour (all purpose)
  •  1 cup washing up liquid (dish soap)
  •  A big squeeze of food colouring per colour required

 Method:

  • Start by mixing the flour and water in a big bowl until it’s completely smooth and no lumps are left
  • Stir in the washing up liquid
  • Pour the liquid into as many different containers as the number of colours you want. We used 4 jam jars
  • Add a big squirt of food colouring to each individual jar and mix it up!
  • It will be all frothy and bubbly to begin with, but settles down soon.

 Please note:

  • The nicer the washing up liquid brand, the better this seems to work. Eg last time we used Ecover (which has no SLS and therefore creates few bubbles) and that worked much better than this time, when I used a cheap supermarket own brand that was VERY bubbly! Still lots of fun but not as smooth and liquid-y. Experiment and see what happens! After all, that’s part of the process of investigation and learning!

 We took this outside, in the stunning 28 degree C late September weather (what on earth?!) and the girl had a fabulous time colour mixing and laying down the paint with paint brushes and old toothbrushes.

 Pop demonstrating the double-handed painting method. Fantastic for cross brain training!

And then they found some pine cones and started decorating those too, just for fun.

The paint is foamy and light, smells delicious and is very easy to make. The more colour that you add, the better it will show on paper. It looks lovely in the jars but I have found it doesn’t stay thin and ready to use for long. Perhaps adding a bit of hot water and giving it a vigorous stir after a couple of days would work? Try it and see!

Edible non-toxic paint recipe

If you would like to try our edible, non-toxic paint recipe instead ( suitable for babies from 6 months) then see this post!

Learning Links:

Creativity: colour mixing, exploring patterns and textures using a paint medium
Knowledge & Understanding of the World (Science): mixing substances together, talking about liquids and bubbles, investigating using the sense of touch and smell
Maths: measuring out cup fulls

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