Making your own paints and play dough provides your children with a chance to see what goes into craft items that are typically bought.

Edible Instant Potato Dough
Edible dough is so much fun. But parents need to be careful about problematic ingredients, such as honey and peanut butter, found in many edible dough recipes. Instant Potato Dough is a simple solution.
1 cup boiling water
1 ½ cups instant mashed potatoes
food coloring (optional)


  1. Put instant potatoes in a mixing bowl.
  2. Pour boiling water into bowl and stir well.
  3. Add food coloring, if desired.
  4. Pour mixture out onto a clean, smooth surface and knead until it forms a soft, pliable dough.

Add more potatoes or water to get desired consistency.

Just make sure that if you plan on letting your little one eat some of his creations that all of your surfaces and utensils are very clean.

Tubby Time Paint
This paint works great on walls, arms, and rubber duckies. Make blue, red, and yellow to ensure a lot of color mixing success.
1/3 cup liquid baby soap
1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
food coloring

  1. Blend the cornstarch into the liquid baby soap.
  2. Divide the mixture into non-breakable cups or bowls (such as clean yogurt cups).
  3. Add desired amount of food coloring and mix thoroughly.

Homemade Face Paint
Try this as a Halloween mask alternative. Just be sure to test a bit of the cold cream on your child’s skin before he or she wears it for an extended period of time.
6 teaspoons cornstarch
3 teaspoons cold cream
3 teaspoons water
food coloring


  1. Mix cornstarch, cold cream, and water in a small bowl.
  2. Add desired amount of food coloring.
  3. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Divide into smaller containers.
  5. Apply with a paintbrush or cotton swab.