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With Dr. Seuss's birthday coming up this weekend, I was super excited to come up with a project to honor his creative brilliance. The kids both love his books, Gray is a huge supporter of Go Dogs Go and Aurora loves The Lorax (probably because the movie is on Netflix)! We've painted ourselves with colored pudding before, and that was fun, but the colors weren't very strong, so I wanted to find a recipe that produced vibrant colors and was non-toxic.

Use these recipes for homemade face paint and hair coloring to turn yourself in to a wacky Dr. Seuss character!I combined a few recipes I found to create what I think turned out to be an excellent batch of face paints.

Homemade Face & Body Paint

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons of diaper cream
  • 3 tablespoons of thick lotion
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • gel food coloring

You may need more or less water depending on the diaper cream and lotion you use, so add that slowly, stirring as you go until you achieve a good consistency. Paint can be made creamier or runnier depending on the effect you're going for.

Use these recipes for homemade face paint and hair coloring to turn yourself in to a wacky Dr. Seuss character!We read a few stories this morning, about sneeches, and wockets, and a fox in socks, and then we decided to create our own characters!

Use these recipes for homemade face paint and hair coloring to turn yourself in to a wacky Dr. Seuss character!The kids eagerly set to work coating their bodies in color! The paint spread very nicely, you could cover an entire arm or leg in a minute, just rubbing it in like lotion. It dries and holds nicely to the skin, but can leave a bit of color when you wash it off depending on how strong of a food colorant you use.

Use these recipes for homemade face paint and hair coloring to turn yourself in to a wacky Dr. Seuss character!I also made some hair chalks up to color the kids hair a bit. Just break a piece of chalk up and submerge the pieces in water until it dissolves in to a paste. These definitely work better with lighter hair, Aurora's was too dark to show much of it.

Use these recipes for homemade face paint and hair coloring to turn yourself in to a wacky Dr. Seuss character!You can also use the face paint in hair and that comes out nice and colorful! It washed out without any problems! Aurora was in heaven pretending to put make up on "like mommy." I think my little diva would have done well in the 80's! She named her character self the "wiggle giggler!"

Use these recipes for homemade face paint and hair coloring to turn yourself in to a wacky Dr. Seuss character!We had a can of silly string left over from something or other, so of course that had to be used for this activity! I drew a sneech star on Gray's tummy and Aurora kept calling it his kangaroo pouch, so together we named Gray Curly-roo! Their characters sound like the beginning of an epic new Seuss tale!

For more crazy and colorful art ideas, check out my Pinterest board: Follow Brigette @ Life Lesson Plans's board Kids: Art on Pinterest.

Brigette

from Life Lesson Plans and The Gossamer Girl

Brigette was born and raised in Nebraska, but ever since her husband joined the Air Force, she has traveled around the world with him and their two young kids. First living in Hawaii, and then in Germany, their family has soaked up all sorts of cultural experiences that she loves to weave in to her writing. She and the kids are now back home and are rediscovering their roots. Recently, Brigette started writing a personal blog called The Gossamer Girl where she shares lifestyle stories about h ...

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