Stock Your Art Cabinet with Homemade Supplies

A great way to combat tight budgets and 'have it all' is to make some of the craft supplies and art materials you'll be using for projects. Deborah Stewart, preschool teacher and creator of multiple early childhood eduction blogs, has compiled a list of art products that can be made from supplies you have around the house. Colored Rice

Rice can be used for all sorts of projects. Use food coloring and rubbing alcohol to create vibrant colors and you'll have an affordable, versatile art product to use on collages, in finger paint, and many other projects! Follow the link on Stewart's post for instructions.

Homemade Finger Paint

Here's a simple way to cut back on your paint spending. Mix together one cup of flour, one cup of water, and a tablespoon of liquid laundry detergent and you have the base for fun finger paint! Make as much of the mixture as you need, divide it into several shallow containers, and use food coloring to create brilliant colors. Your students won't know the difference between this homemade paint and Crayola!

Stewart links to several homemade art product ideas and recipes. If you're interested in saving money on your art supplies, be sure to check them out!

Excellence in Early Childhood Education: Recipes for home made art products

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