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Helpful Hint: Sponge Water Colors

Here''s an easy way to prevent spills while children enjoy painting.

You'll need one baby food jar for each color, one inexpensive water color brush for each jar, a thin sponge approximately 1/4 inch thick, food coloring, and water.

Cut sponges to fit in the bottom of each jar. Add several drops of food coloring to each jar. Moisten the sponge with water without forming a puddle.

Have kids push their paintbrush against the sponge as they paint pictures. After kids finish painting, rinse the brushes and store the jars with the lids off.

The next time children paint, just dampen the sponge again. When color fades, add a little more food coloring.

Sue Thurston
Binghamton, New York

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