Unfortunately the toddler twosome have had their colds rebound back this week so not much time for blogging. Here’s Ruby trying to eat her rice cake without lifting head…..
We are also getting used to His Patient Self (or Daddy as he is usually called/screamed) changing over to night shift….i have to be honest…..i am not loving it…especially with sick twins! Look at those glassy eyes (although nothing stops Tara from eating!)
He starts work at 4pm so not here for the lovely witching hour of dinner, bath and grumping and i have to have dinner ready at lunch time every day so he can take it with him by 4pm. He doesn’t return until the early hours of the morning so sleeps when we are all getting up which only leaves a small window for the girls to now see Daddy before they head off for their nap at 12pm!
Hmm, sounding a little grumpy myself I know, but hopefully we will all settle into a better routine soon…..or i may become just a little bit more insane! Do you have a partner or do you work nights? How does your family cope? Any tips gratefully received!!
Even though the toddler twosome have been all snotty noses and coughing (that painted a pic for you didn’t it!!) they still enjoy doing some basic craft so I made up another batch of Cornflour Paint Base to do some fingerpainting with.
I learnt how to make cornflour base paint many years ago when first working in the early childhood field in a daycare centre as a volunteer! I have actually been surprised to learn when talking to students in the past few years that they often do not know what I am talking about, and just use acrylic paint! I have nothing against acrylic paint but by making a cornflour base and then just adding edicol dyes or natural food colourings you can save so much money, it washes out of clothes easily and is edible (not tasty but edible!)…. so wonderful for babies and toddlers!
Making Cornflour Paint
To make the base I use 4 tablespoons of cornflour in a heatproof bowl and mix a little water to make a smooth paste first….boil the kettle and then slowly pour in water while whisking quickly….you will notice it thicken very quickly (much like making a white sauce!) so keep stirring or you will get lots of lumps (if you do just laugh and tell everyone you have a new sensory play activity today!!)
When you have the base you can make it thinner or thicker depending on the activity you want to do….you can add a little glue and use it as paste, thicker for fingerpainting, thinner for brush painting and collage.
This texture is a little thicker as the twins like to mush their fingerpaint! If you go too thick, simply add more hot water and whisk.
You will need to keep it in the fridge especially if you live in a warm, humid environment but it will last up to 2 weeks and I think the colours are just as good as acrylic and yet they wash out so no need for aprons!
You can tell when it has reached expiry as it will smell (bit nasty actually!!) It will thicken (or seem to set) in the fridge but just add some more hot water and stir or leave out a few hours before you want to use and then stir. Pot up into whatever containers suit your purpose! I find old baby food jars a useful size for painting.
You might want to keep it white for paste or collage or add some dyes to the base….I add edicol vegetable dyes to my base when I want colour.
I think the colours are lovely and bright….you can make beautiful pastel colours too because of the white base!
Why don’t you give it a go today and let me know what you think! The process is really only 10-15 minutes of your time and you will have the satisfaction of knowing what’s in your paint and that it hardly cost anything!
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