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homemade finger paints


Ever have one of those days with your little ones at home where you just NEED something new to do. The books have all been read, the blocks have all been stacked, the trains have all made laps and laps around the tracks, and your head will explode if you hear the Jake theme song again. Enter…homemade finger paints. I wish I could say that I came up with this one all on my own, but Pinterest to the rescue, again! Not everything on Pinterest is a total fail, and this one was definitely a winner.

mason finger paints

Let me clarify, before we even get started, just because this finger paint is technically edible, doesn’t mean I would spoon feed it to my kids (mainly because of all of those lovely food dyes). I used this recipe because I wanted something my kiddos could paint with and not be worried if any ended up in their mouths. It’s a good thing, because Mason figured out really fast that it had a little sugar in it.

mason and the paints

This paint is fast to whip together, and you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry right now. I’m not sure how well it holds up, but honestly, it takes so few ingredients and so little time, I would just make a new batch each time. Next time we attempt a project like this, I might try an option with no sugar, though. Mason wasn’t too thrilled when I decided he had eaten enough of it.

no more finger paints

This kind of activity is great for a little preschool at home too. Not only can you talk about colors, individually, but you can learn about mixing them to make new colors. Liam had a little fun mixing blue & red to make….that’s right, purple!

red & blue finger paint

Homemade Finger Paints

Recipe from Easie Peasie

3 tablespoons White Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 cup Corn Starch
2 cups Water
Food Coloring

1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.

2. Cook on medium low heat, whisking the entire time.

3. Cook until it starts to bubble a bit, keep whisking, and take off the heat as soon as it thickens (about a pudding consistency).

4. Divide into separate containers (I made 5), and add food coloring to each. Make sure it’s cool enough to touch before handing over to your littles.

homemade finger paints

edible finger paints

Enjoy a little art time with your kids.

love and butter,