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.
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.
In a small saucepan, combine 3 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup corn starch, and 2 cups water.
Heat, whisking often, until the mixture starts to thicken. It happens all at once, so make sure you’re paying attention.
If you keep going it will turn into plastic, so make sure it’s still stir-able when you take it off the heat.
Remove from the heat and pour it into individual containers.
Use food colouring to create the desired colours.
Stir those colours in well. Make sure you scrape the bottom and sides to get it all mixed in.
I went with the classic rainbow.
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.
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.