Friday, April 12

Finger Painting

School holiday's. We are almost at the end of the first ever proper school holiday in our household. While Abigail had been at pre-school before coming here, it was only a couple of hours a few days a week. School has been a little bit more hard-core since arriving in Tanzania and she's loving it!

To begin with Abigail couldn't understand why she couldn't still go to school over the Easter break, as she has been enjoying it so much ... but soon got into the swing of things, including staying in her PJ's til lunchtime some days. A foretaste of the teenage years no doubt!

I have heard that some parents, dread the holidays and finding things for their munchkins to do. It is still a novelty for me to have Abigail at school, so the holidays feel normal! 

The girls have been enjoying time together, without either TV or all their toys. I had hoped that our container might have arrived by now with extra amusements for the girls or just so Abigail could play a part in the unpacking but it wasn't to be ... and it seems it didn't matter either!

Not only have I turned to the internet for yumminess but I've also used it for some crafty ideas too. One day this week while Naomi slept after lunch, me and Abigail had lots of fun doing some finger painting.

First we made the paints ... yes, from scratch because you can't buy them here! Then we spent quite a long while creating masterpieces together. Abigail loved doing all of it. It was really easy to clean off fingers and the pots, towels etc that we used and had the littlest member of the family woken up she could have joined us, it wouldn't have mattered if she had put her fingers in her mouth, as it was all edible!

As it was our first attempt at making them we just did two colours but next time we'll definitely be making more. It was such a success, from the making to the creating! Here's the recipe, all ingredients are simple and easily available here in Dodoma (although I won't be adding it to the yumminess/recipe section of the blog as I wouldn't recommend serving it up at mealtimes!) ...
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups water
  1. Combine ingredients in a small saucepan
  2. Warm until mixture thickens
  3. Cool and pour into containers
  4. Add food colouring to create desired colours
Today is officially the last day of the Easter break and we've had lots of fun with play dates and homemade crafty things to amuse us but I know one little girlie who is looking forward to getting back to school on Monday!

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