Itâ€™s been harder to find activities that are fun for both of the kids â€“ the one-year-old as well as the eight-year-old – but this fingerpainting activity kept them both busy for nearly an hour (and not just the kids â€“ Jason had a blast playing with his new camera lens).
Finger painting with vanilla pudding is nothing new, terribly exciting, or science-related, but I liked how the pictures turned out and itâ€™s been a while since Iâ€™ve written anything new here. I guess in that sense, it kept me busy for awhile, too. Score.
Step one: Thing One mixes instant vanilla pudding according to directions.*
Step two: Separate the pudding into a few individual bowls.
Step three: Add food coloring (Thing One used about 3 drops per 1/4 cup of pudding, and nobody came out permanently dyed as a result of this ratio**).
Step four: Paint.
Step five: Laugh.
Step six: Wear.
Step seven: Love. And a hot bath.
* Some background â€“ our son (the eight-year-old) has been complaining about my cooking of late. As a result, Iâ€™ve suffered a Mr. Hydeâ€“ like transformation into my mother, and parroted (quite without engaging my brain first) that if he didnâ€™t like what I was cooking, he could jolly well cook dinner himself. This backfired, because my son doesnâ€™t actually know how to cook dinner yet, and the prospect of his favorite meals every night excited him so much that he started complaining even more. Long story short, weâ€™re teaching him how to cook.
**Itâ€™s important that the dye not be too concentrated, or you may end up spending the next few days with Zombie-colored children. This is a good lesson in color mixing.