Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Kid Concoctions

Dash got a new book from Patsy and Chuck called The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions. Tornado and I sat on the couch last night and looked at all the fun ideas. Then we decided to try out the sidewalk paint. It involves mixing water, cornstarch, and food coloring. Tornado is all about mixing anything together. He loves to stand at the kitchen sink and mix together leftover drinks with leftover food, add in some spices, stir, etc. This book is right up his alley. Where was Dash during all the fun? Sadly, he was upstairs in his room...he would not take his nap and continued to crawl over the gate and come downstairs everytime I returned him to his room. He missed out on television, his 4-wheeler, and making paint. If he doesn't take a nap, he tries to fall asleep about 6:00, and then he's up all night. Lately, if he takes a late nap, we can hear him tiptoeing around the hall in the middle of the night or feel him coming in and staring at us in our doorway...I say all of that to say - he has to take a nap when I tell him to, and if he doesn't, there are consequences.
We were pleased with the outcome of the paint. We added more cornstarch than the recipe called for, which thickened it up a bit. The consistency is watercolor-ish in that you have to keep putting your brush back into the paint to keep up the color. But it was fun, and they enjoyed painting the sidewalk...and the car apparently, as we noticed when we got in it later that night. The authors of the book, John and Danita Thomas, have a website:, and there are online games and a new concoction idea to try each month.

1 comment:

The Davidson Den said...

Well, Noah and Tornado are more alike than I thought! Noah is a MASTER concoctionist (is that a word?). This sounds "right up his alley," too!!