This is really fun and adults love it too. The “paint” is easy to make up and lasts for about a week in cool weather or if kept in the fridge. Because it has salt in it, when it dries it sparkles and has a three-dimensional effect (it is raised). Painting with squeezy bottles is great for developing finger and hand strength for hand-writing, as well as fine-motor co-ordination

You will need:

  • 3 x plastic squeezy bottles (same ones as used for tomato sauce and mustard)
  • 3 x different food colourings
  • 350g cake flour
  • 350g salt
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Jug
  • Paper

What to do:

  • Place flour and salt into a bowl
  • Add water slowly, mixing to a paste the thickness of crumpet batter. It must be able to be squeezed out of the bottle. It should not run out without having to squeeze. It will thicken up slightly
  • as it stands in the bottle over time
  • Divide them mixture into three different bowls. Now add 2 – 4 drops of food colouring into each. Mix well
  • Using the jug pour different colours of “paint” into each squeezy bottle
  • Now they are ready to use. Allow paintings/designs to dry in the sun. They may need to be left overnight. The paint will only sparkle when fully dry