Actual age: 16 months, Corrected age: 14 months
It seems that we have adopted a new mantra here at the Twodaloo house…”A dirty baby is a happy baby.”
As the conclusion to our butterfly session, the twins and I once again ventured out to the back porch to get down n’ dirty, this time with some flour-based paint.
There are tons of edible paint recipes floating around on Pinterest, but many of them contain sugar or other ingredients that make the paint taste good. While I’m all about encouraging the babies to try new foods, I really don’t want them to get the idea that eating paint is a good idea, so I found a recipe that wouldn’t be toxic if/when sampled, but also wouldn’t make them want to take a second bite. I simply took a cup of flour, added enough boiling water to create the consistency of peanut butter, and then enough cold water to thin it out until I was satisfied. I did have to run it through a strainer to get all the lumps out, but all in all it was quick and easy! A few drops of gel food coloring, and voila! Toddler-safe paint.
With that unpleasant business out of the way, we were free to get on with our masterpieces.
I had originally taped a huge piece of craft paper down to the patio with a big butterfly drawn on it, but it was very windy that day and the paper kept blowing away. So instead, I scribbled some small butterflies on construction paper and taped them inside our trays. As you can see, it didn’t matter anyway. It was much more fun to paint the concrete! With this age, it’s more about the process than the product. Coincidentally, the most of the paint washed away with a few swipes from the water hose.
Now, we’re off to take a nice loooong bath.
Until next time,