Thursday, October 27, 2011

Things My Toddler Does Thursdays- Milk and Bread Painting

Brantley LOVES to paint. Especially if she sees me crafting, she wants to "help" mommy. I LOVE to encourage her creativity and artistic skills, but I am always walking the line between being a cool mom and letting her make a mess and learn from it and enjoy it and being the neat freak mom who likes their kids to learn, but in a neat and orderly fashion. Acrylic paint makes a big huge mess. Even the washable crayola kind, and even with cute smocks. So when I found this milk paint idea on pinterest, I thought, perfect. Couldn't be easier.

So, you need milk, bread, food coloring, cups, paper plates and paitbrushes. A smock if you're that neat freak mom I was talking about. :) Pour as much milk as you want to use into each cup (I used 3 cups, about 3/4 cup of milk in each), and add a couple of drops of food coloring into each (fyi, the liquid food coloring works better than the gel). Stir until well blended. Paint is ready! Put a few slices of bread on a paper plate, hand the paintbrush to your kid, and let them go at it! This kept Brantley occupied for at least 30 minutes, while I watched her and ACTUALLY got some dishes done!

It was super easy to clean up, and she actually ended up drinking most of the "milk paint!" If you want, you can toast the bread and then eat your masterpiece, but Brantley's was oversaturated by the end, and we just tossed it. And we even used the end of the bread that nobody in this house eats anyway, so there was hardly any waste at all! Any milk paint that had drizzled onto the table was easily wiped up (be careful with this, though, some food coloring stains easily), and our art project for the day was complete. Fun!

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