This homemade finger paint is super easy to make! With only 4 ingredients found in your pantry and water you can make this easy DIY finger paint.
Homemade Finger Paint
Homemade finger paint is seriously easy to make and so much cheaper on the budget then buying it. Plus making your own finger paint you know what is in it and that it really is safe for the little kids to paint with. If you are wanting to have less mess, you can use this finger paint in our mess free finger painting activity.
Making things at home started for me when I had my daughter getting to an age where all the messy fun stuff was starting. To be honest at first I never looked at the back of the containers, I just read nontoxic and said ok. Then I looked at the ingredients and while nontoxic they were not always things I wanted in my kids mouth. If you have young kids then you know what I mean when I say they like to taste everything.
Our budget got tighter and I started looking for ways to make things at home. There are many things can be made at home for a fraction of what it costs me in the store, and they are very simple to make.
The combination of the 2 led me to getting crafty and making things I would normally buy, like finger paint myself. This homemade finger paint is super easy to make, and aside from painting with it, my kids favorite thing is that I can make them any color they are wanting.
How to Use Homemade finger paint
Finger paint is perfect for kids starting at 6 months old. Painting with finger paint helps children’s motor skills who are not yet ready to hold a paint brush. It is perfect for building hand and finger muscles.
Using finger paint also helps young children learn their colors and what happens when you mix different colors.
Finger painting is also a great way to help kids with their hand and eye coordination.
How to Store Homemade Finger Paint
I store this homemade finger paint in left over baby food jars or small mason jars, but you can store it in rubbermaid containers or even mason jars.
How long does homemade finger paint last?
This homemade finger paint will last for a month if stored in an air tight container. I will warn you that my kids love it so much that it never actually lasts that long in our house.
Homemade Finger Paint Ingredients
This homemade finger paint recipe will make 16 ounces of finger paint. I divide ours into 4 ounce containers, so each batch makes us 4 different colors. You can easily double or triple the recipe to make as much paint and the different colors you are wanting.
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 cups water
- Food Coloring
Homemade Finger Paints Directions
In a small sauce pan add corn starch, salt, sugar and water.
Heat over medium heat until the mixture starts to thicken. As it thickens stir with a spoon until it gets to a paint consistency.
Remove the mixture from the stove and give it a good stir.
Divide the paint mixture into plastic bowls or containers and add a few drops of food coloring to each one and mix the food coloring in well with the paint mixture.
Allow to cool before letting kids use it and Store in desired containers.
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Homemade Finger Paints
- In a small sauce pan add corn starch, salt, sugar and water. Heat over medium heat until the mixture starts to thicken. As it thickens stir with a spoon until it gets to a pain consistancy.
- Remove the mixture from the stove and give it a good stir.
- Divide the paint mixture into plastic bowls or containers and add a few drops of food coloring to each one and mix the food coloring in well with the paint mixture.