homemade 3D paint for toddlers


Have I mentioned that my Annabelle and Ainsleigh have all of a sudden turned into little girls?  Two and a half and they are so wanting to do and touch and feel and experiment with all the things they see us big people experimenting with.  And so they shall...

Homemade 3D paint is the perfect creative medium for their little hands and big minds.  You won't believe it...


This is what the paint looks like dried.  Incredible and intriguing, don't you think?

Why I love it and why your toddler will too:

  1. The process makes them squeal.  Toddlers (and really kids of all ages) love squeezing thick and thin lines all over, splattering the paint, and so on and so forth.  Extremely fun.
  2. The result is 3D, tangible, and a perfect manifestation of their process.  The result means something more to the artist as a memory of the experience itself.



Homemade 3D paint

  • 2/3 cup each of water, flour, and salt
  • Washable tempera paints
  • Squeeze bottles (we got ours at Michael's for $2 per 2-pack)
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the water, flour, and salt (the dough will be just barely pourable).
  2. Divide the dough between two bowls and stir a few drops of washable tempera paint into each. Pour the dough into squeeze bottles.
  3. Have your artists create colorful designs on thick card stock. Leave them flat to dry (drying times will vary depending on the dough's thickness). 

    ( I found the recipe here.)




Your little people will be amazed at their creation and that you're encouraging the mess!



I'm equally in love with the process and the results.  The salt crystallizes as it dries leaving a bit of a shimmer on the paper.

The memory of my two toddlers totally enthralled with this hands-on project will always stay with me.