Tuesday, May 1, 2018
I guess they weren't kidding when they say, "April showers bring May flowers." because holy guacamole! - it's been pouring here lately. Okay. The truth? I love it. Storms are so much fun and I could listen to the rain pour all day long if I could but my two little guys say otherwise. Apparently, you can only fight over the same dang Matchbox car for so long until it becomes old news. Who knew.

So I recently remembered this fun little activity from back in my daycare teacher days! It's super simple (my fave kind) and you'll probably have everything you need already!

You will need:

  • Milk or almond milk
  • Food coloring
  • Dish Soap
  • Q-Tips or toothpicks
  • Paper (optional)

Let's do this!

Start off by laying down some newspaper on your surface. Y'all, food dye + kids = dyed hands every time. As you can see from the picture below, I didn't do it and wish I did. Let's learn from my mistakes. 😑 Grab a shallow dish (I used a casserole dish) but you can use a big bowl, tray, etc.. You pretty much can use anything that has sides that will keep the milk in.

Next, pour milk into the dish so that it has a thin layer covering the bottom. You do not need to fill it any higher than that. 

Next, take your food dye and randomly add drops around the tray into the milk. My boys got a little drop-crazy and the milk ended up super murky after a few minutes so I suggest limiting it to less than twenty drops. 😏

This next step is probably one of the coolest parts of the whole craft! Taking the dish soap, plop little drops all around the dish and watch the paint dance and move around! My boys loved this part! 

Once it settles down, take your toothpick or Q-tip and swirl the colors around. Ahem. The twenty drops of food coloring, everyone. If the colors get murky, simply pour it out and start over again.

I know this is basically where the whole "milk painting" name comes from, but honestly, this next part can be optional. Once you've swirled your colors together, place a blank sheet of paper onto the top of the milk and let sit for five seconds. Then pick it up and lay to dry. It should have a fun marbled look to it...or if it's like ours, just one solid color. But hey, it was fun!

Here's our painting the day after! Hunter was so dang proud/annoyed by me taking pictures.

What's your favorite craft to do with your children?