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Homemade Finger Paint

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.

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  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup of cornstarch
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup dishwashing soap
  • food coloring

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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By guest (Guest Post)
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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By guest (Guest Post)
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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