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DIY Kids: Making Finger Paints

DIY Kids: Making Finger Paints

When I learned how easy it is to make finger paints at home, I swore I’d never buy a set from a store again. A box of food coloring costs less than $5, and you probably already have the other ingredients in your pantry: corn starch, salt, and sugar. Other than that, the recipe calls for water. And it only takes 20 minutes or so to make a batch. We made some on a rainy weekend morning recently.

In a sauce pan, mix a 1/2 cup of corn starch…


Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt…


Stir in 3 cups of warm water and stir over medium heat constantly until the mixture thickens. This took about 4-5 minutes.


Distribute among containers…


Mix in as much or as little of the food coloring, in any color combinations you like…


This is a nice opportunity for kids to practice color mixing….see how blue and red make purple.


Let the finger paints cool…


And let the kids have at it. Simple as that.


I may like to try some neon food coloring or a wider range of colors to mix in different ways for a future batch. Also, I noticed that the paints don’t go on as dark as store-bought finger paints, but that may have to do with the concentration of food coloring. Experimentation may be in order.


Do you make any art supplies from scratch?

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