This winter has been one of the coldest on record for my city and it’s surrounding area. We have been blessed with subzero temperatures, freezing rain, an inversion, and caked ice and snow. Schools have been having indoor recess and parents of walking students have been picking up their children curbside. It is beyond freezing outside! We’ve had several winter weather warnings advising against any unnecessary traveling, even the shortest of distances. So, as you may have guessed, Preschool Co-op was canceled again this week, which means no new post for preschool.
However, I will share with you an activity that keeps the kids and I busy and happy on our snowed-in days.
Edible bath paint!
This idea actually came to me while I was staring into my fridge at a quart of whipping cream wondering what on earth compelled me to buy a full quart instead of just a pint, or even a half pint. Then the thought occurred to me that when whipped to a soft peak with a little bit of powdered sugar and a drop or two of food coloring, it would make wonderful paint for the kids…to use in the bath tub. (An appropriate place to keep warm on such chilly days!)
While there are several recipes for bath paint that can be found on the internet and Pinterest, it was important to me to make it not only edible but also eatable. For this reason:
Yup, Corinne still tastes everything at least once, and sometimes twice. Imagine the above picture with shaving cream bath paints. Yikes! But there was a fair amount of painting done after the initial fun of eating from a paintbrush had worn off.
The recipe is so simple I can’t even give it to you. Just whip some whipping cream with a tablespoon or two of powdered sugar until it forms soft peaks. Divide into containers. Add a few drops of food coloring to each container and mix well. Continue adding food coloring until desired color is achieved. You can use traditional dyes food coloring, or all natural coloring. Invite your child to a freshly cleaned and very well rinsed and dried bath tub, along with some clean paintbrushes.
Allergies note! Whipping cream is a dairy product, so this activity may not be appropriate for children with dairy allergies or for babies under one year of age. I have read, however that you can whip coconut milk in a similar way.
Enjoy and stay warm!
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.