Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Summer fun with finger paint (thermomix recipe)

Part of my husband's job is to work as long as you are required to work. So sometimes when he's suppose to finish at midnight, he doesn't actually get to finish until 8am and be home at about 9am. This was the case just yesterday morning. In these circumstances I have to come up with some sort of activities to do with the kids that doesn't make much noise and is preferably outside.

Yesterday morning I thought it was time to try what sort of finger paint the thermomix would make. We used the recipe from the everyday cook book (I halved the recipe thats's in the book), but you could do this without the thermomix too.

  • 35g of cornflour
  • 20g of sugar
  • 1/2 tbs salt
  • 235g water
Just mix all these ingredients in a pot and heat it up until it goes thick (like cornflour does). If you're not doing it with a thermomix, you do have to keep mixing it until it goes thick. It's that simple. Then just divide the mixture into little containers, add your food colouring and mix it in.

The paint this makes is a rather gooey kind, more like jelly than paint. Emma still loved it and painted heaps. She tried what different colours make when you mix them together. She squeezed them between her hands and had a blast. Noah on the other hand didn't find the texture very inviting and only poked his fingers in it.

I have made finger paint before, when Emma was about 1 and I like that recipe better. I might find that and give it a go as well, after all it is really warm at the moment and we like playing outside before it gets too hot. It's fun to play with edible finger paint because then you can do this:

She became a green monster! Oh I forgot to tell you, WHEN you start painting with finger paint and if it's summer, let your kids go nude, it's so much more fun when you don't have to worry about getting your clothes dirty. When we were finished I just put Emma in the shower and she cleaned herself off. This was so much fun and we are definitely going to do this again.

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