Asher has never been able to watch much television at home. I tried to make it to the 2 year mark before he was allowed to watch any, but I am embarrassed to say I didn't make it. I think it was a fussy-mom-is-going-crazy-day that did it. I'm not even sure the age that this first occured. So, we've made a compromise with a 1/2 hour TV limit with an attempt for no TV most days. This is made much easier since we don't have cable and wouldn't you know that I can't find Seasame Street on Hulu?
Recently he had started to ask (and then get mad when I said "no") to watch more TV so I knew something was missing in our days. He seemed to me to need a few more structured activities/optoins in the afternoons so I started to look for things we could do at his relatively young age. It seemed that he wasn't quite big enough for the toddler activities you can find everywhere. I was willing to try the fingerpaints but I didn't want him putting the store-bought stuff in his mouth. They have to use some ingredient that will keep that stuff stable on the shelf for years, right?
Mix in a sucepan and heat (around medium) until mixture thickens to your desired consistency. Cool, then add colors.
I wish I had a better camera and better camera skills, but alas, I do not.
I got a bit anxious and after a few minutes increased the heat which caused the paint to thicken up too quickly. I just added some more water until I was happy with the consistency. Also, be aware that this stuff will in fact be very hot and it does take some time to cool.
We put a drop cloth on the table but he made three pictures at this session without making a big mess OR attempting to taste it. He must be getting to be a big boy!