This week we read the book “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse” by Eric Carle. We love all the Eric Carle books! This one was just perfect for my four-year-old because it was written with a pattern that he could easily memorize and “read” the book himself. Each page has one animal and the text describes the color of the animal that the artist has made. The artist in the book really uses an imagination with each animal (ie polka dot donkey). The best part was seeing the excitement in Will’s eyes and his pride in himself when he could read the whole book to me!
For our project we decided to get creative with some animal pictures of our own. We started by mixing up a couple batches of Kool-Aid finger paint. Then we printed some animal coloring pages from the Internet.
I found the recipe for Kool-Aid finger paint here.
Kool-Aid Finger Paint
•2 cups flour
• 2 packages unsweetened Kool-Aid (use different flavors for different colors)
• 1/2 cup salt
•3 cups boiling water
• 3 tablespoons oil
What you do:
1. Put the Kool-Aid, flour and salt into a mixing bowl.
2. Add the oil.
3. Slowly add the boiling water.
4. Start painting!
Here are the ingredients!
Adding and mixing the dry ingredients!
Add the oil and boiling water and mix.
At this point Will was no longer interested — he said it looked like “throw up” because some times when you throw up it is pink. Well, I can’t say he was too off the mark. As you add all the water and keep mixing it does get a lot thinner. 😉
So, these are the two pictures I finger painted since Will did not want to touch the paint or get messy.
The recipe makes A LOT of finger paint (even making just half). I would suggest halving the recipe for sure if not making less than that. I’m curious how long the paint keeps in a sealed container.