Our Senses

Making Paint!

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    1-2 hours

  • Mess Level
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    A Little Messy

  • Cost

    Materials or Fees

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Question and Wonder:

  • Have you ever seen a cave painting? Ever wonder what they used for paint?
  • Where do the colors in paint and dye and food coloring come from?

Imagine and Design:

  • How do you think the paint will work?
  • What will it feel like?
  • How do you think it will be different from other paints?
  • Which do you think will make the best paint?

Experiment with the spices. Put some of each spice in a cup, add a small amount of water, stir and paint.

Test and Discuss:

  • Try out your paints on a variety of surfaces. Instead of brushes, try using alternatives like leaves, feathers, sticks or…? How do the different types of “brushes” affect the way you paint?
  • What do you notice about the paint? Is it thick? Thin? Smooth? See thru? How does it feel?
  • What does it smell like? Do the smells make you think of anything?
  • Were the colors what you thought they would be?
  • Which paints are your favorites? Why?

Did you Know?

There are so many ways to make your own paint. Try these other homemade paint recipes and create away!!!

How to Make Homemade Watercolour Paints for Kids

3-Ingredient Homemade Puffy Paint – an Easy Microwaveable Recipe

Glossy Skittles Paint


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