Distractions: Easy Finger Paints

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It’s Christmas Eve.  If you have small children, I’m sure your nerves are frayed with their over-excitement.  We’re having enough trouble dealing with just Rusty today, and he’s over thirty.

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Why not whip up this quick distraction tool (from Easie Peasie, what a great name) for the young (and old) to keep them busy for a while.  It’s worth the mess, I think.

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In a small saucepan, combine 3 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup corn starch, and 2 cups water.

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Heat, whisking often, until the mixture starts to thicken.  It happens all at once, so make sure you’re paying attention.

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If you keep going it will turn into plastic, so make sure it’s still stir-able when you take it off the heat.

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Remove from the heat and pour it into individual containers.

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Use food colouring to create the desired colours.

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Stir those colours in well.  Make sure you scrape the bottom and sides to get it all mixed in.

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I went with the classic rainbow.

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Keep the paints sealed and out of direct sunlight.  Give them a bit of a stir before using, because there will be a bit of a dry skin on top.

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When I was young my dad refinished our back room, where the laundry machines were, and the door to the backyard.  While it was empty, my mother chucked in a huge roll of craft paper and a pile of finger paints and I would spend hours back there, making a mess.  I’m handing these (along with a roll of craft paper) over to the Incredibly Little Hulk and Il Principe when they get back from Kansas so I’m sure I will be soon seeing some very painty little boys.

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