One of Miss2’s all-time-favourite activities is Baby Doll Body Painting! We shared this activity back in 2015, where we used face paint to give Dolly & Baby a little makeover! If you were following us then, you may remember the horrific looks on the dolls faces. This week we were inspired by Amy of Playful Learning Co! She shared a fantastic post on Homemade Body Paint!
Miss2 requests we paint Dolly & Baby almost every week, so after seeing Amy’s body paint recipe, we had to give it a try! Last year we used Dolls with fabric bodies – I bagged their bodies up & the girls painted the Dolls faces. Today we stepped it up a notch for a full body experience with all plastic Dolls. I made a quick plastic bag nappy for the babies too.
I changed it up a bit as I didn’t have moisturiser or cornflour, so instead I used body lotion and plain flour, with food colouring to colour. I found toothpicks were the easiest way to add the food colouring – I only wanted to add a minuscule amount, so to not stain the dolls!
To make Homemade Body Paint,
2 parts Moisturiser/Body Lotion
1 part Cornflour/Flour
Step 1. Combine moisturiser/lotion & cornflour/flour & mix well.
Step 2. Use a tooth pick to add food colouring & mix to combine.
To paint, we used cotton tips, but you could use fingers or paintbrushes instead!
As expected, this was once again a hit! Miss2 was very gentle with her babies, and spoke with them throughout the activity. This process art activity is great for building language, speech, social & emotional development, colour recognition, fine motor skills, recognising body parts, sensory & pretend play, creativity and so much more.
Like all painting sessions, the subject of course turned to Miss2 herself… lucky this paint was design for Body Painting!
A 24° C Autumn day is not ideal for a backyard tub bath, but bathing the babies & Miss2 following a painting session like this is obviously a must. She played in the tub for another 30 mins (despite the purple lips & wrinkly fingers), chatting away with her babies while I was able to clean up the painty mess & fold 2 loads of washing #win!
Brave enough to do some Body Painting? Share your pics with us under the #craftyliving & #craftylivingkids hashtags!
For more messy, sensory play ideas, give Amy of Playful Learning Co some love & a follow. She has lots of fantastic ideas!