make something monday :: homemade watercolors

 originally posted in May of 2009 on my old blog HERE my son
Simon was still two at that time and he loved this!

Simon and I had some fun today while Levi was napping, we made homemade watercolor paints!
It was a simple recipe I found via the Crafty Crow:

3 Tbs corn starch
3Tbs baking soda
3Tbs vinegar
1 1/2 tsp of corn syrup
food coloring

We mixed the first four ingredients with a whisk and filled up half an ice cube tray with the fizzy concoction.

I let Simon mix the colors with toothpicks while I dropped a bit of food coloring into each compartment. We bought the regular and neon food coloring and have tons left over for many more water coloring days.

Simon was content to paint and paint and paint..

and swish and swish and swish in the "mud puddle" water.

And he even  helped me do the dishes before snack time, it was a fun thing to do on such a crazy rainy day in Seattle!


I love pulling out some of these projects we have done in the past I think I am going to do this again soon with my boys this fall when school starts. I am not completely owning this yet but since our plans have suddenly changed preschool has been cut so it's looking like I might be taking on some home school responsibilities and I am getting a bit excited about it!

Have a great day everyone and leave links in the comments if you have any fun crafts to share today I would love to see!

linking up here!


  1. this is awesome! My younger son is really into painting lately, but we haven't had any water colors around.

  2. This is an awesome idea! might try it out

  3. I am so doing this with my youngest. I love this idea.

  4. what a great idea...I have tons of food coloring with my baking stuff...I hope you will link up with me here:

  5. Cute! And, you are already such a great teacher, I think the idea of homeschooling would be fabulous!

  6. aww this is soo cool! I will have to do this someday soon for my son :)
    thanks for sharing

    come see my earring giveaway which are made by me :)

  7. L O V E this! wow, thanks for sharing! xo

  8. Try them as watercolor ice cubes too here's a fun project I did with my four year old:

  9. What Claire said. I remember thinking how awesome you were for doing this when you first posted it :)

  10. Very cute make-it and kiddo, and such a happy "drop cloth".

  11. What a terrific idea. I absolutely never thought of making my own watercolors. I am sooo going to do that.

    And, I love your photos, by the way. :)

  12. amazing!
    ♥♥ shared this on today's post...


  13. What a great idea! I'm a kindergarten teacher and looks like awesome! I'm always in love with your posts.


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