Have Old Sunscreen or Lotion? Make Fingerpaint!

how to make sunscreen fingerpaint
My kids love to paint and I hate to waste stuff.   Every Spring we weed through the cabinet under the bathroom sink and get rid of all the expired lotions and what-not.   Sunscreen isn’t effective if it is old (and one of my kids burns badly – I learned this the hard way!).   So what will we do with all the old lotions and sunscreen?   Make our own Finger Paint!
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making sunscreen fingerpaintWhat you need to make your own lotion-based finger paint:

  • Old containers of lotion or sunscreen
  • Tin to hold the paint
  • Food coloring

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We used liquid food coloring, but I think the gel colors would have been better, more vibrant.   Maybe we’ll try gel colors next time.   We mixed the dye into the lotion with paintbrushes and then had a blast covering our paper and ourselves with the paint.   The kids had a blast and I loved the way the kids smelled after our craft time!   Made me think summer was already here!

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preschoolers sunscreen fingerpainting

17 Comments

  1. You have some FABULOUS ideas!! And I have two bottles of last year’s sunscreen screaming to be used! Yippee!!
    .-= Donnetta´s last blog ..A Keeper on the First Try =-.

  2. We used regular butcher paper. It was only slightly more greasy than regular finger paint, the finished product was kinda gray with swirls of color – I failed to take pictures of the finished product before I threw it out – oops. We have another bottle I discovered in a forgotten beach bag so I’m sure we’ll do this project again.

  3. I love crafts that use up otherwise waste products and this is a great one. We’ve just started having some sunny weather and I know i need to go through our sun lotion to see what is still ok and what not so this is very timely for us!
    .-= Zoe @ Playing by the book´s last blog ..Stories in tune “ The Magic Flute; Part 1 =-.

  4. What a great way to use up old household products. My kids would love to do this. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Rana´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

  5. Such a great idea! Will be sure to be giving this a go & using up our left over sun lotion – thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Thats a great idea.. have 2 tubes from last year, yayy!!

    You have a wonderul blog with lots of fun ideas:)

    Thanks
    Roopa

  7. Really enjoyed your blog post, continue to post.

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