I’m interrupting my lemonade marathon to bring you an accidental art and sensory play discovery that we made while attempting to create some lemonade-scented paint.
Play Recipe: “Magic” Scented Foaming Paint
match them up with a rainbow of Koolaid packets…
sprinkle the Koolaid into the paint…
and stir it up…
You get something that looks like this?
You may have known this (no doubt many moms have made this discovery before me), but frankly, I was rather astounded. And so were the twins! Will proclaimed, “It MADZIC, Mommy! It MADZIC!” Cheesy, I know, but it did seem a little magical.
Of course, I had to go searching on the internet to see if anyone could explain this phenomenon. I did find a mention of it HERE on a forum in the MadSci Network that said that tempera paint contains chalk which reacts to the acidic elements in Koolaid (most flavors contain citric acid) and releases carbon dioxide gas, which is the same as the tried-and-true baking soda and vinegar reaction. The chemist also mentioned that tempera paint contains egg whites which could cook during the reaction, which is why our orange paint ended up looking like this…
with a layer of solid goo floating on top! Orange was the only color that formed this thick solid layer- interesting.
It still smelled delicious, though! Of course, we had to test it out right away.
I gave the twins the tray of paint with some popsicle sticks, a few brushes, and a couple of shaped spatulas and let them go to town on a huge piece of cardboard in the back yard. I wasn’t that concerned with giving them any fancy tools, because I knew they would end up using their bodies to paint.
Cleanup was surprisingly easy- I set up some tubs (and a baby pool) of water for them to wash the paint off with. Pretty soon they took their diapers off, too, so no more photos!
Not too bad for an accidental discovery! Once the twins dug into the paint, it wasn’t much different than regular tempera paint, except for a bit thinner (since some of the thickening agents separated from the mixture) and very fragrant! My son does have sensitive skin but did not have any adverse reaction to the paint- use your own judgment when choosing paint for your own little ones. Since the paint smells delicious, it may be tempting for younger children to taste, so supervise closely! Also, we have used this paint multiple times and did not experience any skin-staining, BUT since Koolaid is notorious for temporarily staining skin, use caution. Probably not the best choice right before picture day or a special occasion 😉
Interested in using art to build language skills in your little ones? Check out my Building Language with Art post. And click HERE to see ALL of our toddler art ideas! I also have a fantastic Toddler Art Pinterest board devoted to art ideas for toddlers.