homemade finger paints

Hi there! Are you like me and started summer off with a bang- activities here there and everywhere only to find yourself at a loss for what to do on your first down day? Well if you are, then have no fear for I have some really great ideas in store for all ages of kiddos out there and homemade finger paints just happen to be one of those great projects that you can throw together in no time. 

Painting for toddlers and children is a very relaxing activity and also a wonderful way to stimulate their senses.

When I was little, I LOVED messy art projects and finger paints were my favorite. I would get so excited at both home and school when they coated the table with a protective film of either plastic or paper preparing for finger painting that I was always the first seated at the table.

As It turns out, I passed on my love for messy art onto my kids. They go through whole sets of finger paints in one sitting. I don’t want to keep buying expensive fingerpaint from the craft store every couple of days, so, I set out to find out just what my alternatives were and believe it or not, making homemade finger paints is where it’s at.

So without further adieu, here is my recipe for homemade finger paint which every age kid (and most adults unless something is seriously wrong with them 🙂 love):

  • Cornstarch
  • Cream of tartar
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Silicone muffin cups
  • Cardstock paper

When I first started messing with this finger painting recipe, I did not think it would work. We use cornstarch in a lot of our homemade recipes, and I didn’t see how it could turn into a good paint, but with a bit of help from the cream of tartar, it came out so great!

In a bowl, mix 1 part cornstarch and 1 part water.

On the stove, heat 4 parts water until simmering, but no need to boil it.

Pour the warm water into the cornstarch water and stir.

Very quickly, it will form into a pudding-like texture. At this point, add in a teaspoon of cream of tartar. This gives the cornstarch a shiny, flexible texture and makes it more like paint.

Once the goo cools, pour it into silicone baking cups and color them your desired colors. Use more food coloring for more vibrant colors.

When the homemade paint is completely cool, let your kids dip their little fingers into it and let the good times begin!

We used cardstock paper because it is a little slicker than computer or art paper and it holds up to the thickness of the finger paint.

Once the paintings are done, let them dry for a few hours before displaying them or letting kids take them.

finger painting fingers

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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children.  As your child’s parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family.  I always encourage contacting your child’s pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision.  Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies).  Observe caution and safety at all times.  The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.