Homeschooling Freebies: Art Supplies

For those of you who homeschool, today my friend Kelli from 3 Boys and a Dog Deals is guest posting on ways to be green when homeschooling!

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Everyone tries really hard to be a little greener, but have you taken steps within your homeschool to shrink your footprint?  Here are some great ideas to help your homeschool be a bit better for the environment and easier on your wallet!

The following ideas will help you begin looking around your house for homeschooling freebies to cut the cost of your art supplies and reduce the amount of waste you are feeding to Mother Earth!

Homemade Art Supply Recipes:

Bath crayons – Grate a bar of soap until you have about 1 cup. Mix with 1 cup of hot water until the gratings are melted and you have a stiff dough. Mix in a few drops of food coloring for color. Press the dough into molds (you can use candy or soap molds from a craft store) and allow to harden.

Bubble mix – Mix together 6 cups of water, 2 cups of liquid dishwashing soap, and 3/4 cup corn syrup. Allow to sit for a couple of hours before using to blow bubbles!

Fingerpaint – In a small saucepan, mix together 1/4 cup cornflour and 2 cups of water. Add food coloring to get to desired color. Boil until mixture thickens, then allow to cool. Pour into lidded containers to store.

Playdough – Combine 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of salt, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, and a cup of boiling water until you get a playdough consistency. Store in a ziplock bag when not in use. You can add a few drops of food coloring for color, or a packet of Kool-aid for color and scent!

Watercolor paint – Simply mix together 3 tablespoons corn starch, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons corn syrup, 3 tablespoons baking soda, and 3 tablespoons white vinegar. Pour into separate containers with lids for use & storage. Mix in a few drops of food coloring into each container to make different colors.

Have fun during your next art lesson with your handmade homeschooling freebies!

Kelli gives you hints and tips on how you can save money homeschooling and homemaking! At Deals_3BD she posts coupon/ad matchups, the best homeschooling deals, printable coupons, and kid friendly recipes.