We are so happy that spring is finally here! I have been doing a lot more with my son outdoors lately, and we have been keeping our calendar full with park play dates and creative crafts. One activity that I had been wanting to try was spending the day at the playground before heading home to paint. Since we are always dreaming up fun things to do in our neighborhood and around the house, it is SO important that I keep a steady supply of wipes on hand. You just never know when you’re going to need them… 😉
Today started off like any other sunny day. We headed to the park to meet up with new friends and kids ranging in age from babies to preschoolers. We ran, jumped, skipped through the sprinklers, and slid down the slides. We ate sticky snacks, spilled juice everywhere, and found new ways to eat cereal. And then…we painted. I wanted to try to make my own edible fingerpaint that would taste good, smell even better, and hold up to my toddler’s painting demands. He LOVES to get messy and color everywhere. From markers to crayons, my little man can’t get enough.
Wipes are perfect for those moments when I need to clean my son’s hands from playground germs and to get clean after a messy afternoon of painting!
To make your own mess, use this recipe for edible fingerpaint.
- 2 tbsp Flour
- 1/3 cup Sugar
- 1 tsp Salt
- Food coloring
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- sprinkles, optional
- a dash of corn starch, optional
- plastic cups or mason jars
- Add flour and sugar to a small saucepan on low heat. Stir to combine.
- Add salt and whisk to thicken.
- Let the mixture heat through completely and stir often while it thickens.
- I added a bit of corn starch here to thicken the paint mixture even faster.
- Once the paint is to your preferred consistency, remove from heat.
- Stir in vanilla extract.
- Separate into three separate cups. This recipe filled three half pint mason jars.
- Add food color (a drop or two) to each cup/jar.
- Let cool and enjoy!
I’m a sucker for sprinkles so I added some colorful candy to each jar of paint. My son enjoyed the extra texture, and the sprinkles were fun to paint with! We used his easel outdoors and came up with a few vibrant creations.
I didn’t mind my son getting messy since I knew that PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes are formulated to remove soils and kill illness-causing germs on the hands as well as maintain skin condition. They are gentle enough for our family’s hands and faces.
Want to see more of our afternoon? Don’t miss our Instagram video at the end of this post!
When fingerpainting is over, my son knew how to clean his hands (and face!).
Our home had a new family masterpiece, and we were on the way to our next activity.
Do you do fun crafts at home with your children? How do you stay clean on the go?