Homemade Non-Toxic Finger Paint


My toddler loves to paint. Ry loves it so much he asks me to do it all the time. I know they paint at his nursery school so Ry is a painting pro. 

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And because I do not fear the messy I let him paint to his hearts content. And as you can see in this photo using clothes pins and craft pompoms make for the easiest paint tools ever! 

But finger paints can either be really expensive or contain mystery ingredients. I opened up a jar of finger paint the other day and while the jar said "nontoxic" the smell that came wafting out of there was a different story.

So I decided to make my own. I found a recipe on Pinterest that contained things I already had at home. But the instructions were vague and incomplete. So I decided to test the recipe and I thought I would share with you what I came up with. 

What you'll need:

3 cups water

1/2 cup corn starch

1/2 stp salt

3 tbsp sugar

food coloring

small containers (I recommend baby food jars)

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1. Put your water in a sauce pan to heat just slightly. The water needs to be warm, but not hot. Once it is warm. Add your corn starch and immediately whisk. If you add your corn starch to cold water or you don't whisk, your mixture might end up clumpy. 

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2. Bring your mixture to a low boil and then turn the heat off and leave the sauce pan on the eye. Continue to stir until your mixture starts to thicken. It will be the consistency of caramel sauce. 

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3. Now add the mixture to your containers. I had enough to fill six 4-ounce baby food jars. 

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4. Drop in your food coloring, seal the container and shake until the color is mixed. 

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Look at all those colors! And it cost pennies! Pennies I tell you. You can very easily make homemade non-toxic finger paint for pennies. 

It truly is frugal fun at home for kids. 

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I spread the paints our for Ry on the back of a piece of wrapping paper and let him go to town!

What are some fun homemade craft ideas you like? Have you ever made paint at home? 

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