Anna and I made homemade finger paints yesterday. We were outside creating works of art with our fingers by 8:30am. Anna enjoyed it for a little while - it didn't take long before she was asking me to wash hands. This homemade stuff is pretty goopy and gross, but it works well on finger paint paper, and it's completely non-toxic if, like Anna, your toddler is prone to putting her hands in her mouth.
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup of sugar
2 cups cold water
Mix cornstarch and sugar together in a bowl. Stir in the water and combine until smooth. Put the mixture in a pot on the stove over medium heat and heat for about five minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture turns gel-like. Remove from heat, divide among separate bowls, and add food coloring of your choice.
Squeezing it is almost as fun as painting with it.
Admiring her work.
In the afternoon we shelled peas that we picked up with our CSA share this week. Anna LOVED this activity, which is so ironic given that she despises peas. There aren't too many foods she loathes. Peas are on that list. In our nightly prayer, she even says "no peas" when we say "...unite in peace." I guess she's thinking that we're talking about the enemy vegetable.
Interestingly, Anna did try a pea or two while we were shelling. She seemed genuinely interested, like she really wanted to like them. She loves beans of all kinds, so it seems the texture wouldn't be an issue. But, the second pea made her gag and make a sound so horrible that I actually thought she was going to vomit! Fortunately, I didn't see any allergic reactions; she broke out in hives a number of times after eating peas when she was younger, when she seemed to like them.
I think her repulsion now may be compounded by the fact that we had to give her peas during a challenge test in the allergist's office, twice. Both times she knew we had an agenda, and she wanted nothing to do with it. Oh well...our CSA peas will be lovingly shelled by Anna and eaten by Blake and me as a side dish I guess.
Love the green in her fingernails!
She loved the entire process, especially digging her hands into the pile of peas.