Unfortunately, it's difficult to keep little hands and feet from touching colorful things on the floor. Last year's Rangoli was a bit of a mess. This year I thought for a long time about how enjoy the festivities with less frustration. I considered putting the Rangoli up on a table, or out of sight, but I wanted my kids to enjoy it too. After about a week of noodling, I realized we could use paint!
I picked up this crayola washable paint from the grocery store, and used the kid's paintbrushes to draw out the Rangoli while they were asleep. I'm happy to say, the kids have been stomping on it all day with no ill effects and no mess.
Here are a few tips:
- Test a small area of your flooring before painting your entire design. If you are wary of painted directly on the floor, you can also use a tray or plate or smooth cutting board-- anything that can be washed.
- I was careful to keep the paint out of the grout which stains pretty easily.
- For the orange flower below, I used a template for the leaf shape cut out of construction paper. The purple flower was done freehand.
- Since the paint is water soluable; it shows a lot of brush strokes. I had the best luck getting a solid color by letting the paint dry and doing a second coat.