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Busy Hands: Window Painting

We stay in an apartment with a large glass balcony so I thought of putting it to good use, given that we can still step out without being scorched by the unrelenting Dubai sun! I decided on window painting which I knew would be a hit with Little Dude, given his love for all things colourful and messy. Even though I have a set of unopened paints, I still prefer the home made variety because it feels more safe (in case he gets creative with it!). I found the right one on Irresistible Ideas and adapted it a little.

Here's what I used: 
- Baby shampoo (you can use dishwashing liquid, bubble bath, or even non-foaming hand wash)
- Cornstarch
- Food colouring
- Ice cube tray (to put the colours in, but you can use a palette)
- Brushes
- Foam shapes

It's very simple to make home made window paint - just put in about half a cup of the baby shampoo (it smells good too!), and mix in about 2-3 tablespoons of cornstarch. Do this gradually until you get the right consistency. Don't add any water. Put it into separate containers or an old ice cube tray and then mix in the food colouring. The results are beautiful!

Window painting with home made paint

Naturally, Little Dude was delighted at being given the opportunity to splash colours on the glass! I had taped a plastic sheet on the wall portion below the glass, but this paint did not drip. He used the brush, foam and finally his hands for painting, and loved it. I must admit I couldn't resist myself, and had a go with the brush too! Must be something to do with the fact that I never did messy play as a kid.

As always, the washing up was something he fully enjoyed too. I gave him a wet sponge and he liked seeing the suds form as he wiped the paint.

Cleaning up window paint

Cleaning up for me was relatively easy, but there were a lot of bubbles! I would recommend this activity on a glass door or some place where you can easily wash it off.

This would make a fun activity for most age groups and is so easy to set up.

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(Busy Hands is a series about activities and craft you can do with toddlers and young children).

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38 comments

Caroline Elliott said...

This is such a cool idea, loving the idea of window painting, especially as it sounds like it would be really easy to clean! Will have to give it a try! xx #magicmoments xx

Parent Link Thailand said...

How fun! This looks like a great activity! Another one to remember for when Arlo gets a bit older - although, I think he'd love it now, considering how much he loved playing with our homemade paint.

Tarana Khan said...

I would definitely recommend it! Wasn't hard to clean either.

Tarana Khan said...

I'm sure you can try it now!

Jaime Oliver said...

loving this idea... we have a patio window that stays in shade in the summer so might try that if the sun becomes too much!

thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

Charly Dove said...

What a great idea Tarana, love that you've been able to utilise glass *looks around nervously*

Really enjoy these posts of yours, nice that you've created busy hands, such a lovely idea. Sounds like you had lots of fun with this one. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory

pixiedusk said...

My son loves to draw on the window glass here too. I give him those erasbale white board markers. This looks fun too! #magicmoments

Sara Murray said...

This is such a good idea, love it! Great paint recipe, going to have to try this one :) #WhatstheStory

Tarana Khan said...

I'm sure your kids will love it, Jamie!

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you, Charly! I'm sure you'll find a window you can lend to your little one :)

Tarana Khan said...

Maybe I should try the markers, but he does love playing with colours!

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks Sara, it's so easy and quick to make, isn't it?

Jenny Ripatti-Taylor said...

Ahh this looks like so much fun I have to to do this with Buba and Missy Moo they would love it. We have two massive sliding glass doors they could do it on. One for each kid lol Great activity. Love the photos. #whatsthestory

Coombe Mill said...

Brilliant, why have I never thought of this before.

Mae said...

Great idea. We have French doors on the back porch that would be perfect for this. I will definitely add it to my pinterest board. Thanks.

Balroop Singh said...

Wow!! this is creativity defined!! I love this kind of fun and if you can enjoy these activities yourself, it is like icing on the cake! What a loving mom you must be!

Wendy Onebusymum said...

looks like a great fun activity xx

Tarana Khan said...

Those doors would be fantastic for this activity! Thanks for stopping by, Jenny.

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you, Fiona!

Tarana Khan said...

Glad you liked it, Mae, and I hope you have fun with it!

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you for your kind words, Balroop! I really had fun doing it too :)

sharon powell said...

What a brilliant idea, I love it! It's a shame I don't have any low windows, my parents do though :)

Christine said...

That's a great idea. Sadly my kids are a little old for this now but it looks like you and your son had great fun.

Hannah said...

What a great idea! Something for a rainy day :) #LetKidsBeKids xx

Karen Bell said...

Never thought of painting on glass for children, great idea, very creative and fun.
Thanks for sharing #etKidsBeKids

Ting Dalton said...

What a fantastic way to while away a rainy day (not that you have that problem) :)! We have some big patio doors which will work perfectly. Thanks for sharing this. #letkidsbekids

Louisa said...

What a great activity and lovely that he got involved with cleaning the window afterwards '#etkidsbekids

Tarana Khan said...

That would make for a fun activity when you visit them!

Tarana Khan said...

We did, thank you for stopping by!

Tarana Khan said...

Yes, it keeps them busy for a while too!

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you, Karen!

Tarana Khan said...

You're right about the rainy days! I'm sure you'll enjoy this activity on your doors :)

Tarana Khan said...

He likes the cleaning part, because he loves playing with water!

The Reading Residence said...

A great idea and looks like loads of fun - the creating and the splashing! #CreativeChallenge

Tarana Khan said...

Yes, both the painting and the washing were equally fun!

Caroline Elliott said...

Ooh I'm glad you linked this up, love this idea! Thanks so much for linking with #creativechallenge

Jennifer Hughes said...

Pinned this on my boards for The Sensory Spectrum!

Richa said...

That seems like a simple recipe to make paint.. I am going to try it soon

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