I love when Henry chooses the activity for the day. This time he wanted really, really badly to paint the big window again!
When we made window paint last time, it was super sticky and goopy. This time, I looked up a new window paint recipe from Home Spun Threads.
Very similar recipe to the last, but this time, no corn starch.
Very Simple Window Paint Recipe:
- Dish Soap
- Tempera Paint for color
Can’t get much simpler than that. And fast!
I mixed together a dish of each primary color, keeping it as simple as possible.
While I mixed together the paint and gathered supplies [all of 2 minutes, maybe], Henry placed Blue Dog on the back of the couch to look out the window to watch him paint.
Henry went to town painting the window. This paint was much thinner and easier to spread than the corn starch recipe. [They both have their pros and cons.]
This time, I armed Henry with a scrub brush.
His new favorite tool to paint the window with!
[Blue Dog’s watching Henry in action from inside.]
I took advantage of our primary paint colors and explored mixing them together with Henry.
Henry and I mixed together yellow and blue to make green. This one isn’t new to Henry as we’ve had to come up with a way to paint with green in the past without actually having green paint.
But orange and purple are new to him! Henry really liked that yellow and red made orange. Maybe it will be a new favorite color… though I’m not sure orange would pass the test… [there aren’t a lot of Allis-Chalmers machines around here, at least not at Grandpa’s farm.]
To show how much thinner this window paint recipe is:
This would have been a great recipe! The edge of the window looked pretty cool. Henry thought so too and pointed out the drips many times as he was making them. [I think next time we try window painting, I’ll just add a tad bit of corn starch and hopefully we’ll find a happy medium.]
To add a little more fun, I brought out his squirt bottle. I thought it would be fun to see what designs we could make with squirting it onto the paint.
Henry had plans to clean off the entire window with it. [That could take a long time…]
Henry has been going through a stage of throwing fits for every little thing. This time he threw a fit and ended up in a time out in his room before completely cleaning the window. The plan was to hose it off and have a little water fun. I ended up doing that myself, though.
Henry was 3 years old.