Made from everyday kitchen ingredients, these gel paints are a useful tool for teaching color theory as well as developing fine motor skills. They're also great for having lots of messy fun.
1/2 c. cornstarch
2 1/4 c. cold water
4 small heat proof jars (preferably wide mouth)
Add cornstarch to a medium sized sauce pan. Whisk in water and turn heat to hi. Whisk constantly being sure to get into the corners. When all of the paint base has come to a gel like consistency, immediately remove from heat. Let the paint base cool for a couple of minutes, then spoon evenly into four heat proof jars. Careful, it's still hot!
Now is the time to add your food coloring (I used 5 drops of McCormick Neon! colors in each jar. It appears as though they have replaced the green with yellow since I purchased my box.) Add 1/8 tsp. of your flavoring extract of choice to each jar. Mix vigorously with a spoon until your paints are evenly colored.
These paints will stain. Keep your child's clothes and work surfaces covered.