Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Homemade Finger Paint

This finger paint takes literally 10 minutes to whip up and provides my littles with lots of fun!  

You'll need:

2 cups water
1/2 cup cornstarch 
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
food coloring

First, combine water and salt and sugar on the stove, on medium heat until dissolved.

Then add in your cornstarch.  Keep on medium heat and stir it frequently.  Once the ingredients warm up, they thicken fast.

Which is one of the reasons I like this recipe so much.  You can alter it to whatever thickness you prefer……or mess you like to clean.  ;)  I think a little thicker and goopy is easier to clean than a runny all over mess.  So I usually make it fairly thick.

If you want to do more than one color, scoop into individual jars or bowls or whatever you have on hand.  Add your colors and mix well.  

The colors come out so pretty.  Slightly transparent and very vibrant.

See!!  So pretty!

This time around, we used q-tips (and fingers) to paint.  But mostly q-tips.  :)

She has so much fun when we do things like this while the big kids are at Co Op on Mondays.  :)  

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


  1. absolutely love this recipe. :) it was a hit during the summertime too--ended up doing foot painting! haha p.s. how much food coloring do you end up putting in? a couple drops or a lot? (looks like a lot)

    1. Oh! I should have put a picture of that. I use the Wilton food coloring, which are stronger!! :) And it was just a little bit on the tip of the stick and then swirled a little so I could so the color before I mixed it all the way. :) Like seriously, a LITTLE. Those colors go a long way!