Homemade Finger Paint

Kids love finger painting. If you don't have some handy try making your own. This is a page about homemade finger paint.
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December 27, 2011

Mix 1 cup of flour and 2 tablespoons of salt in a saucepan, add 1 and 1/2 cups of cold water, stir until there are no lumps. Add 1 and 1/2 cups of hot water and bring to a boil. Once it thickens remove from the heat. It will be lumpy, continue to whisk until lumps are gone.

When it is ready, dump half of mixture into a bowl and add food colouring to colour, stir. Use a funnel to pour into squeeze bottles. I used honey and mustard bottles. Then you're ready to paint!

This costs about 50 cents for two bottles. The kids loved it!

By Tracy C. from Brockville, Ontario

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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!

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By dorothy wedenoja from New Creek, WV

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August 4, 2004

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.

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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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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.

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October 12, 2010

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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October 8, 2013

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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December 8, 2004

Easy and non-toxic finger paint recipe.

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February 23, 2007

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine flour and salt. Add cold water and using a whisk or hand mixer, beat mixture until smooth.

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Add hot water and bring mixture to a boil, stirring until glossy.

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June 30, 2017

Shaving cream mixed with Kool-Aid is one way to make fun finger paints for your little ones. This is a page about how to make finger paints with shaving cream.

A can of shaving cream.

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