Homemade Finger Paint Recipes

Creative Wednesdays

Making finger paint with the kids is an easy and fun project to do. These homemade recipes are great because they are non-toxic and the ingredients can be found in most kitchen pantries. Simply cover the kitchen table with thick paper and let the kids feel the different textures while painting with their hands. Allow youngsters to start out using one primary color then add other colors gradually so they can mix them and see how they change. Although these are finger paint recipes feel free to allow the kids to use paint brushes and other tools to create with the paints as well.

Easy Finger Paint Recipe

You Will Need:

1/4 Cup Corn Starch
4 cups Boiling Water
Food Coloring

What To Do:

Dissolve cornstarch in a small amount of cool water. In pot gradually add in boiling water stirring constantly, until the mix thickens. Add food coloring.

Ivory Flakes Finger Paint Recipe

You Will Need:

1 Cup Cornstarch
3/4 Cup and another 1/4 Cup of Cold Water
2 Cups Cold Water
1 Envelope Gelatin
1/2 Cup Ivory Flakes
Food Coloring

What to Do:

Mix together cornstarch and 3/4 cups cold water. Soak one envelope unflavored gelatin in 1/4 cup of cold water. Stir 2 cups hot water into the cornstarch. Cook and stir until mixture is clear and boiling. Remove from heat and blend in gelatin. Then add Ivory Flakes, stirring until the flakes are dissolved. Cool. Divide into small covered containers. Add food coloring.

Sugar Finger Paint Recipe

You Will Need:

1/4 Cup Warm Water
1 Envelope Gelatin
3 T. Sugar
2 Cups Cold Water
Food Coloring
Dishwashing Liquid

What to Do:

Soak gelatin in 1/4 cup warm water and set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine cornstarch and sugar. Gradually add water and cook slowly over low heat, stirring until well blended. Remove from heat and add softened gelatin. Divide mixture into separate containers for each color. For each color, first add a drop or two of dishwashing detergent and then add food coloring a drop at a time until you have the shade you want. Store up to six-weeks in the refrigerator.

References: Recipes from Messy Art Class at Geyer YMCA. Photo by Stephanie Felzenberg. 

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