We added a fun twist to our painting recently with the addition of cinnamon. Our easy cinnamon-scented paint smelled good and had a fun texture. We used our paint to make apple designs with a simple paper plate stencil.
Red paint (non-toxic kid's paint is the best)
Toothpick or small paint brush for stirring
To make the paint I mixed together cinnamon and red paint. I used about the same amount for each, but you can use less cinnamon if you are making up a big batch. I used a plastic lid for mixing and we stirred it up until the cinnamon was completely mixed into the paint. Your red paint will become darker and grittier.
I prepared a paper plate stencil of an apple ahead of time. Simply draw a shape in the middle of your paper plate and use your sharp scissors to cut it out. (This step is best done by an adult.) Miss Preschool then clipped a small piece of sponge with a clothes pin and started painting. If you pat the paint on with the sponge instead of smearing, your stencil print will be much sharper.
Miss Preschool had lots of fun painting and stopping to smell her paint. When you mix up your cinnamon-scented paint, use a non-toxic kid's paint so you won't have to worry about how often your child smells the paint. Believe me, they'll smell it a lot because it smells so great!
Our apples turned out great. They had a fun texture and the scent lingered long after the paint was dry. We'll definitely try mixing things into our paint again!
What would you combine with paint to add scent and texture?