How To Make Non-Toxic Paints For Kids

As an adult, often you’re called on to be a hero of a moment.  For those with children, you’re often seen as something more than just a simple provider.  You’re entire world revolves around their safety, and their entire world depends on you being able to bring them along through experiences that shape their minds.

One such way is to do arts and crafts with them.  Crayola Washable Kids’ Paints have a cost, so today’s article will experiment with watercolors that are safe for them, and you can craft these on your own, in your home, with little risk of permanent damage to the finer things in your house or apartment.  Let’s begin.

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Make your sink and counterspace your initial workshop

You need the following items.

  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • an ice cube tray
  • 2 tablespoons of corn starch
  • 4 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • ½ a teaspoon of light corn syrup
  • food coloring colors that are of your choice


The reason you’re doing this in a kitchen area is due to the fact you’re not in a carpeted area.  Some dyes stain more permanently than dinner party spills, so keeping your activity on tile is an absolute must.

In the sink basin, in a large mixing bowl, mix the baking soda and the vinegar first.  You will be stirring this and hear fizzing.  Continue mixing this up until the fizzing stops.  The mixing of this may cause your efforts to bubble over, so you can rest easy if this gets on the washable basin.  Next, the corn starch and corn syrup should be added.  Continue stirring until the starch is dissolved.

Pour the blend into the ice cube trays.  Only fill these up half-way.  It will allow this to dry before you add water and coloring.  You add drops of your colors until you find the palate that you want.

Final Prep Before the Masterpiece Begins

Once you have the colors that are desired, place the tray in a cool, dry area, so it may dry.  It may take two days to dry, be patient.  Your little Van Gogh will be interested in the results, and if it needs a little more dehydration before experimentation, add a pinch of corn starch.

When you’re not not using the paints, these should be stored in a watertight container or bag to where insects aren’t attracted to them.  Food grade items have the potential to summon critters, and one does not want them to ruin one’s hopes for an artistic afternoon.

Painting Day

Homemade watercolors will not permanently stain your clothing or carpeting.  That was placed in here as to help condition your little artist that such activities should be prepared for properly.  On the day where the paints are used, proper painting gear should be used, but be advised, proper cleaning after contact with them should pull them right out.

Prepare the area with a tablecloth or newspaper.  Have a few disposable cups available for mixing and enjoy the process of discovery, that is so integral to the young minds. Once you’ve finished, you can go out there and create some beautiful oil paintings of landscapes, which you can proudly hang on your home’s walls!

How To Stop Your Child From Sucking Their Thumb

As adults, often many forget that the easiest ways to solve problems, is to make it fun. I was reminded of this as I was disturbed by a young couple, frustrated with their child at a restaurant, late last week. The young child was ridiculed by his father, then chided by his mother. It was a sad sound, that table, in midday.

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‘Why’ Young Children Suck Their Thumb

Call it an oral fixation, or self-pacifying behavior. This is a behavior the child usually develops during it’s time as an infant. Some specialists say that one-in-three children does this before it’s first birthday. The relief generated from the gums during the time of teething is immense, one only needs to look at the pacifier market at any large store. In absence of a pacifier, the thumb usually does the trick.

Over the course of time, while this looks adorable by many people’s standards, there may be other reasons why it is being performed. This placebo is effective at getting them to develop a standard operating procedure in their day. It is normal, and while many consider it a ‘bad habit’, it’s often recommended to not be commented on until after the child turns five. Biting nails, sucking on a thumb or hair; these are developed and abandoned by the majority of children, the constructs which they form, falling by the wayside.


What if My Child Doesn’t Stop Sucking Their Thumb

After the age of five, most children have stopped sucking their thumb. One in five, according to Forrest Umberger, PhD, will still entertain this. It’s at this point where school begins, and thus, peers negatively influencing the ‘thumb-sucking.’ Simple bus-ride antics and often the bruised ego will be spotted at home.   Back to the statement about making the problem-solving ‘fun’, it cannot be stressed enough. The adage, “You attract more flies with honey, than vinegar,” is especially true with children and shaping behavior and mental constructs.

The easiest way to go down this path, is to offer excessive amounts of encouragement. A chart of what days the child is spied upon, NOT sucking on his thumb, is one way to go at this. A nice little reward at the end of the week, plus something more substantial at the end of the month, can work wonders. Another way is to ignore the poor behavior! The attention from good or bad behavior could be indicative of a larger problem, so structuring a great set of behaviors within the positive framework is a massive way to reinforce just how the child should behave after a certain age. Most children value the opinion of their parents and peers.

Also, some medicines or substances can offer a bitter taste in one’s mouth. While the child is asleep, or coating the affected oral item with such a liquid can be one sure-fire way to curb the habit. Coping strategies paired with this, and methods discussed above should be more than enough to help parents molding the behavior of their young one. Surely, the salad dressing would not have left such a bitter taste in my mouth, had I not had the stereo of Negative Ninnies sitting behind me with Cinnamon Junior.

Overview Of Online High School Diploma Programs

Thousands of individuals are forced to drop out of high school for some reason or another. While many of these individuals agreeably withdraw from their high school classes, others are forced to, so they can enter the working world. At some point, the individuals may potentially want to continue their education, but knowing that they cannot return to high school, will opt for enrolling in online high school diploma programs.

Accredited Program

Most of these programs are accredited and can be applied to your college studies. Of course, there are hundreds of these programs scattered throughout the Internet that are not accredited. If you obtain an unaccredited high school diploma, it will be not be accepted by an accredited educational institution. Be sure that the program is accredited, before you actually enroll into any online class. You can do this by inputting the topic into the search bar of any search engine.

Video Tutorials

Many individuals do not have any issues with studying with written content, but some do, which is why online high school diploma programs offer video tutorials. This gives you the best of both worlds, so that you can pass the final exam with flying colors. You will definitely be shocked with how user friendly and easy these programs are to follow.

Practice Assessments

Just like attending a brick and mortar high school, online programs also offer practice assessments. This gives all enrollees an opportunity to test their skills, before actually applying them to the exam. Not only will this provide you with sample questions, which may be on the high school exam or very similar to, but it will provide you the insight of what to expect during the examination.

Customizing Your Schedule

When enrolling into a local educational establishment, you will be given a set time schedule that must be followed to a tee. This may be suitable for you, but many individuals find difficulty in attending scheduled classes, which is why they turn to online programs. You can setup your own schedule, continue to work, and spend time with your family, while studying for your high school diploma. Now, what else could you ask for?


Most online programs now have forums set up for the enrollees. You can join the forum and communicate with others that are enrolled into these programs. This is a great place to meet others and form a study group that will aid in your success. Be sure to take advantage of these forums, since they were designed with you in mind.

24/7 Support

If this is the first time that you have considered enrolling into an online program do not fret, because you are not alone. Of course, you will have lots of unanswered questions that you are seeking the answer to. Well, you are in luck, since most of these programs offer 24-hour, 7-days a week support to all enrollees.


If you want to further your career, you should definitely consider these online programs, because they offer an abundance of benefits, not offered by colleges and universities.