Homemade Finger Paint

Kids love finger painting. If you don't have some handy try making your own. This is a guide about homemade finger paint.


August 18, 2012 Flag

This is a simple tip to use for toddlers and it will keep them busy for awhile. My granddaughter is around two and her mom makes this paint for her. In a muffin tin or ice cube tray, put some shaving cream, then add a few drops of food coloring, mix and there you have it, paint! Also, you can use Q-tips as a paint brush. She enjoys using this on paper. You can also use in bathtub for fun!

By Dorothy from New Creek, WV

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June 28, 2010 Flag
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To keep a preschooler amused and creative, you'll need a gallon press-lock bag and a couple different colors of finger paint. Put a tablespoon of each color in the bag - the more color, the more fun. Zip the bag closed and show them how to take their fingers and swirl to make designs with hand. Show them how to combine colors to make different colors. The kids will stay at it and come back to it. No finger paint mess!

Flour, water, and food color works as well.

By luckyjo from Scaandinavia, WI

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June 29, 20100 found this helpful

You can also use shaving cream with some food coloring to make different colors. Works great.

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August 4, 2004 Flag
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This is a washable finger paint. I have had luck cleaning it out of just about everything. That doesn't mean it won't stain some objects or clothing, though. If your kids are small enough you can make an "art shirt" for them out of a plastic grocery bag (or even a thick department store bag). Just cut holes for their head and arms, then have them wear it like a shirt. It doesn't cover their arms, but it will keep them from wiping paint on the front of their shirt.

Put the sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan and then slowly mix in cold water. Then cook the mixture over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly until you have a smooth gel. Let cool and then add dishwashing soap. Divide into as many containers as you would like colors and then mix in food coloring drops until you have you desired color. If you have colored dishwashing soap that can influence all the colors you try to create, which isn't always a bad thing.

Tip: Use baby food jars to divide and store the paint! They are a perfect size for kids to dip their fingers or brushes into and they can be sealed easily if you have leftover paint.

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October 27, 20040 found this helpful

Instead of using food coloring, try using unsweetened Kool-Aid. It gives great colors and you have scented paints!

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July 20, 20050 found this helpful

if you use kool-aid it will dye your fingers...

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September 3, 20050 found this helpful

Thnx for that. Have been looking for awhile for a washable fingerpaint. I used to have a very similar recipe as to this one but lost it. So thnx again. :-))

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October 8, 2013 Flag
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If you've got a toddler like mine who likes to put everything in his mouth, just mix some food coloring in vanilla pudding, and let your toddler play!

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October 12, 2010 Flag
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In a large bowl, mix together the flour, powdered drink mix, and salt. Put it aside. Measure the water in a medium size pot and bring it to a boil. Add the oil to the boiling water.

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December 8, 2004 Flag
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  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 2 cups hot water
  • Food colouring


Add the salt to the flour in a saucepan. Pour in cold water gradually and beat the mixture with an egg beater until smooth. Add the hot water and boil the mixture until it becomes glossy. Beat it until it is smooth. Mix in food colouring.

By Chell

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October 22, 2007 Flag
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3-D finger painting! Perfect for preschoolers and elementary children. Try finger painting with equal parts of washable finger paints and shaving cream (the white, foamy, spray kind).

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