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When we were researching for our Concoctions and Messy Play workshops we came across a recipe for window paint, but didn’t have a chance to test it out. When we were playing with some children recently we thought we would try it.

They mixed:

1 cup dishwashing liquid

with 1/2 cup of cornflour …

and mixed it all together.

Then they added different cloured food colouring to two smaller bowls …

divided the mixture between the two containers …

and mixed it until it was smooth …

and colourful.

Initially they painted it onto the window with brushes …

and they commented on how smooth and slippery it was.

Naturally it wasn’t too long before the fingers got stuck into it …

and then whole hands.

It took a while to dry, even in the sun.

A few days later one of the children went outside to touch it and said that it felt rubbery like playdough.

The children haven’t washed it off yet as we all like it there – we’ll let you know if it comes off easily or just ends up being a big bubblefest!


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9 Responses to “simple window paint”

  1. avatar Greg says:

    I can just imaging the screams of delight from the children & those of outrage from the cleaner. Sounds wonderful, but I just can’t keep up with all of these superb ideas.

    ::: Certainly cleaning a kindergarten would be a tough job Greg as you wouldn’t know what was art and what was ‘mess’. Pitty the cleaner who can’t tell the difference! :) :)

  2. avatar jeanne says:

    Loving all your recipes for potions, playdough and now paint! fantastic!

    ::: We have a bunch of recipes we’ve collected over the years Jeanne. We’re still experimenting our way through the list but we’ll be sure to share them as we go. :) :)


  3. I used that identical recipe to make bath paints! The kids loved it, and it washed off with no problem.

    ::: Ooooh now that sounds like fun Jill … Thanks for that! :) :)


  4. Oooo, I love the idea of leaving it on the window! We just washed ours off right away – it would have been fun to see how sticky or hard it got… will be interesting to see how easy it is to come off. Ours came off super easily, just a soapy mess :)

    ::: Ours is STILL there Jamie. We’ve suggested to the children that they can wash it off if they want to but so far no go! :) :)

  5. avatar Elise says:

    Making the paint adds a whole new element of fun to the experience. What child doesn’t love mixing ingredients together to create something.

    We did end up making the playdough after reading your blog post. It was a hit. i wrote about it here:

    http://etadventures.blogspot.com/2011/06/creative-playdough-play.html

    A blog post that inspires (like all of yours do) is a such a special gift. Thank you.

    ::: Thank you so much Elise! :) :)


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  8. avatar alex says:

    Did your “window paint” end up washing off easily?

    ::: Yes Alex it came off very easily. It never went solid but stayed kind of foamy. All these weeks later we still have some on the window but it could be wiped off with fingers. :) :)

  9. avatar Mel says:

    I am interested in using this for decoration for our kids church…do you think it will come off ok for inside use?

    ::: Mel ours came straight off with some paper towel! :) :)

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