Home made fingerpaints

My daughter and I made a large amount of finger paints for me to use with my kiddos at work.  It was very easy and the end product was acceptable and kid approved.

For large batches of finger paint (picture above shows 3 batches)

  • 3 cups flour
  • 6 tablespoons of salt
  • 4 1/2 cups of cold water
  • 4 1/2 cups of hot water
  • food dye

Combine as follows

  1. Mix the flour and salt together.  Then add the cold water.
  2. Whisk until there are no lumps.
  3. Add the hot water and whisk again.
  4. Cook over medium heat until similar to gravy texture.  Whisk frequently to avoid lumps.
  5. Remove from heat and whisk until smooth.
  6. Divide white mixture into different containers and add food coloring.

The recipe I follow states to refridgerate this – what I love about this recipe is that it cleans up easy.  It wipes off kids skin super easy without staining the skin.  If children eat it they will be okay as it’s just flour, salt and water with a little bit of food dye.  It does not have a pleasant taste so they won’t eat much of it if they do.

My daughter had a great time with me deciding on the colors and then she helped with the activity with a group of kids.  I use freezer paper as it has that lovely waxy side so the wet paint doesn’t soak right through.  Freezer paper also is a long roll of paper perfect for a variety of craft and art projects.

Here’s the link to the blog for the finger paints – http://www.icanteachmychild.com/2011/06/squeezable-homemade-finger-paint/