Do your kids ever come to you bored out of their “gourds?” Here is a fun, easy, cheap way to entertain them. Get the supplies and keep them on hand for a rainy day, then surprise them and encourage their creative minds and keep them busy with these homemade watercolor paints made from Kool-Aid that they can scratch N sniff when dried.
Go to a school supply store or section of a craft store and buy white glossy watercolor painting paper (because it doesn’t “bleed” through). Buy some watercolor paint brushes too.
Buy a white plastic ice cube tray (easier to see the colors with a white tray).
Go to the store and buy up to 12 packets of different colors of Kool-Aid drink mix (no sugar added kind).
When the kids are ready to paint, empty 1 packet into 1 section or cup of the ice cube tray. Continue with the rest of the packets.
Turn on the water to a fast drip and fill each section of the ice cube tray 3/4 up. Stir with the end of the handle of a spoon or a chopstick to dissolve the Kool-Aid powder.
Let their creations dry overnight. The next day, scratch the different colors of paint on the paper and smell the different fruity flavors!
Hang them on the frig or in your room!
TIP #1: Kool-Aid tends to stain clothing and hands, so wear old clothes or aprons.
TIP #2: To keep siblings from “fighting” over the watercolors, have them sit across from each other and with the ice cube tray in the middle, let each have their own 6-section side of watercolors.