Home-made Finger Paint

I’ve made my own playdough before and it is a really easy project. But finger paint seemed so much more difficult! I don’t know why. If you have the patience to stand over a stove for 15-20 minutes stirring, then you can make the stuff. It’s just about time and having corn starch in the cupboard. Sheesh.

Three recipes can be found here. I used the first one, which was basically: combine 1/2 cup cornstarch, 2 cups water, 1/2 tsp salt and 2 tbsp sugar in a pan and stir over medium-low heat for about 15-20 minutes, until it becomes a thick, almostĀ gelatinousĀ substance. Let it cool completely, then divide into jars and add food coloring. We made three colors using 15 drops of yellow, 15 of red, and 10 of blue.

Then we took it outside along with a bunch of brushes and a big piece of cardboard (white on one side!) and tried it out. It was a huge hit! Bonus: it washes right off and seems to clean easily from clothing, too.

2 thoughts on “Home-made Finger Paint

  1. It looks so fun and gushy! These pictures really make me want to get my hands in there along with him! Is there an unwritten rule regarding the age at which finger painting becomes inappropriate and the results “not-so-cute”?

  2. The rule is “there are no rules”. I LOVE that he is fingerpainting! It is all about the experience, and just think what he is learning when he blends those primary colors. The messier, the better! This sounds like the recipe I used when I was in Fritzi Greenspan’s childhood development program in LA.
    We also used to have you girls fingerpaint with pudding. That is something I could see us all doing together.

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