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Watercolors - a great craft for a rainy day

No need to buy paints - you probably have these ingredients right in your kitchen!

Quick Facts

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yield: about 1/4 cup



  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon Argo® Corn Starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon Karo® Light Corn Syrup
  • Food colors of your choice
  • Styrofoam egg container


  1. Combine vinegar and baking soda in a small bowl
  2. When the mixture stops fizzing, add corn starch and corn syrup. Blend together; the mixture will have a thick syrup-like consistency.
  3. Divide the mixture among 3 small bowls.
  4. For each color, blend in a few drops food color. Mix with a paintbrush. Note: The more food color you use, the more intense the colors will be.
  5. Use the colors immediately, stirring frequently. Note: If paints dry up, simply swirl a paintbrush moistened with water and start painting. Finished painting should dry in 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. TIP: For extra easy clean up, use a styrofoam egg container to mix the paints. Children will also enjoy experimenting with mixing food colors to create different colors.