Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Painting with condensed milk

I did have another post planned but we did this yesterday and I couldn't resist not sharing straight away. Yesterday we painted with...condensed milk! I used to do it quite a bit with the kids I taught but I hadn't been quite brave enough for the huge, sticky mess that would result with my kids doing it. It was such a beautiful day here yesterday though that I didn't mind doing it and then stripping off the kids if they got really dirty ;)

All I did was pour a little of the condensed milk onto plates and then add a drop or two of food colouring which the kids mixed in. It makes a beautiful marbling effect as the colour is being mixed in and is a great way of experimenting with mixing colours.




Esme discovered that if you shake your hands with the condensed milk on them that it floats in the air a little while before landing (kind of like making fairy floss, if you have ever seen that being done!)


I was really surprised that the kids didn't even attempt to eat it until I mentioned something about tasting it. Then, of course, Esme couldn't stop licking her fingers ;) Jacob was more interested in painting with it though which I was really surprised about. Look at Esme - butter wouldn't melt in her mouth, would it?


We made some beautiful pictures - condensed milk goes all beautiful and glossy when it's dry (just make sure you keep it away from ants because they like to eat it. Trust me, I speak from experience ;))


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16 comments:

Kate said...

What a fabulous idea, Narelle!! I've made up finger paint before, but this looks much easier...will definitely be doing this the next sunny day we have!

Kate
xo

Marita said...

Oh my what a fantastic idea! My girls would love doing this.

amandab said...

Now, I would be the one unable to keep my fingers out of my mouth with this project! It looks like so much fun ... another one to add to the list *sigh* :D

jenny said...

I've never seen this before but I can imagine it would feel great between your fingers :)

Busy Brissy Mum said...

This looks fun...and delicious too : )

Mom and Kiddo said...

Such a good idea, I've been wondering about trying to find a finger paint that New Kid could put in his mouth (since that's where everything goes!).

katepickle said...

such pretty colours! But I think I'd just end up eating it all not painting with it!

Stacie said...

This looks really fun to do! I'd have to figure out what to do with my little one that has a milk allergy, but the other two would love it!

The Sunshine Crew said...

Love. love, love to do this with children! We have done this at Easter time and they paint on Egg shaped parchment paper.
So sloppy, sticky, and awesome!
Thanks for sharing:) Colleen

Little Wonders' Days said...

It looks like a great idea, especially for the younger crowd that likes to put everything in their mouths.

Philippa, Neevah and Liam said...

Creative and Yummy all rolled into one we will have to try this once the weather is a bit better :)

Tricia at Mom is the Only Girl said...

My Sweet Pea still loves to put new things in his mouth (will it ever end?!) so I'm going to try this and not worry! Love it!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is listed on my great posts of the week. Here is the link: http://www.jdaniel4smom.com/2010/08/great-posts-i-came-across-this-week_14.html

We did this yesterday and loved it.

Muma Paparazzi said...

This is fantastic - thanks for sharing! A definate one to go on the to do list.

Pepy Skordeli said...

Wonderful idea!!! My 1-year old is fascinated by her 4-year old sister's finger-painting and i was struggling to keep her away from the usual fingerpaints. That's a great solution, a paint she will be free to explore and maybe eat ?!?! Thanks a lot!!!

Hidayah said...

Good idea! My boy loves to eat all the stuff that's on his hand. He is SUPER active. I'm sure this activity will entertain him for hours. I will do this weekend. :) Thank you for posting it.

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