This is a super simple recipe for making finger paints at home. I wanted to stretch the last bit of finger paint my daughter had left in the supply cabinet. There was about a squeeze of each color left and she really didn’t have enough to do anything with but I didn’t want to just toss it in the waste basket. I went with this corn syrup recipe because I had a huge unopened bottle of it in my pantry. There are many variations you can use though and I’m testing them all before sharing with you. I have seen homemade finger paints made of corn starch and powdered milk also.
For each color you want mix
- 3 tablespoons Corn Syrup
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dish soap
- coloring (whatever you have on hand)
For the coloring I tried a few different things. I first squeezed the last bit of finger paint from Jas’s paint tubes into each jar. It was a very tiny amount. I had a little yellow food coloring left so that’s what I used for yellow. For red and blue I used Wiltons icing tint.
I enjoyed this mix the best because it didn’t dye my daughter’s hands different colors. It’s not as sticky has it sounds either thanks to the soap. I’m working a few more variations and I’ll post those soon so stay tuned.
If you have a toddler who loves to put everything in his or her mouth then try this recipe instead.
Heat 2 cups water in a saucepan and add 1/2 cup corn starch, 1/2 tsp salt and 3 tbsp sugar. Stir till mixture thickens. Allow to cool. Pour into jars and tint with desired dye. You might want to start with less corn starch. I made this and found it a little too goopy. I thinned it with some extra water.