Sweet Pea is 5 years old.
From: I first saw this easy painting activity at ECE Made Easy and kept it in the back of my mind. When I found myself with half a can of leftover condensed milk, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.
- Condensed milk
- 3 or 4 colors of liquid watercolor or food coloring.
- Small bowls for each color.
- Paintbrushes for each color.
- Thick paper or cardstock.
- Apron or smock for your tot.
- Sponge or wet rag for clean up.
- Divide the condensed milk evenly between the small bowls.
- Add a few drops of liquid watercolor and let your tot stir until the paint is a uniform color.
- Once all of the colors have been mixed, let your tot paint.
- When your tot is finished painting, wipe everyone and everything off with the wet rag.
- Set the pictures aside and let them dry for at least 24 hours. (If the paint is especially thick, it may take even longer.)
Observations: This was a very fun (albeit messy) activity. Sweet Pea had a good time and stayed interested long enough to make a couple of pictures.
We both loved letting the paint dribble off of the brush to create thick shiny drops of paint.
And I was very impressed with how the paintings maintained a shiny and raised finish even when dry.
These paintings were very similar to the corn syrup ones that we did last spring. I was surprised that this paint seemed to dry to a less tacky finish, although I did like the transparent look of the corn syrup better.
If you have an extra can of condensed milk, this a is a fun activity and I would recommend it for tots of all ages.
Notes from the Trenches: Condensed milk is oh, so very sticky. Your table and tot will need a good cleaning after this.
Don’t shove these paintings into the back of a cabinet and forgot about them! I have heard warnings that ants are attracted to the finished paintings, so these pictures shouldn’t be considered permanent.
Rating: 4 Stars * (Fun, Easy, Independent, Frugal)
Carnivals: This post is linked up to It’s Playtime @ Hands On We Grow.