Finger Paint

Finger Painting with Yogurt by verymom

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.


7 thoughts on “Finger Paint

  1. I told my son today that if he had a good day at daycare that we would do something fun tomorrow while we are home all day. This might be a fun activity for us to do…will have to see what I have around the house!!

    • If you’re worried about your toddler eating it you could heat 1/2 cup corn starch with 1/2 tsp Salt, 3 tbs sugar and 2 cups water. Allow to cool then tint. I found this a little goopy but you could use a little less corn starch or thin with more water. This would make it safe to eat (just in case).

  2. Thanks for posting this. We will soon have baby jars in our home (well at least by the end of the year) and I like this idea. My 4 year old will love it too! I pinned this and tweeted it!

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