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An Easy Finger Paint Recipe...

Here is a great finger paint recipe that you can make using stuff you probably already have in your pantry.

Finger paints are fun for kids of all ages, messy, but a lot of fun.  The paints need to be a bit thicker than normal acrylic or poster paints if you want the kids to have the full tactile finger painting experience.  

To make up this recipe you will need to "cook" the mixture, so reasonably high temperatures are involved so this is probably not an activity to do with very young kids, and it might be a good idea to make your finger paint at least a couple of hours before you plan on using it so that it has time to cool down.

What you need to make your paint with my finger paint recipe...

  • 4 tablespoons of corn flour (corn starch)
  • cold water
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • liquid food colouring
  • a medium saucepan
  • empty jars or paint pots
  • cling wrap


In the saucepan (or pot) mix the cornflour with enough cold water to make a paste.

Pour in 1 cup of boiling water and stir until there are no lumps.

Turn on the heat (medium should do it) and keep mixing until you notice that the mix has some clear streaks forming.  

At that point, turn off the heat and keep stirring until the mixture thickens and looks like a clear custard.

Spoon equal amounts into the empty jars (cups or paint posts - whatever you have) and add food colouring.   Keep mixing until the colouring is mixed through completely and you are done.

You can store your paints in the fridge for up to 2 weeks providing you cover it with cling wrap. This finger paint recipe does not have any preservative in it, so it is important to check that the paint has not "gone off" before you give it to the kids. 

Cause anyone who has spent any time at all with small children will know that absolutely everything (finger paint included) goes in their mouths (and on their clothes, in their hair, on the bottom of their shoes, just everywhere really...)  So check it first!

Would you like to print out an Instruction Sheet for this recipe?

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Please do feel free to share this sheet with anyone who might like to engage their kids in this activity!

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