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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!"
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.