How to Make Finger Paint for Kids

Finger painting is for many, the first painting experience one has. The ability to use fingers to create works of art for parents, siblings and friends is something that brings children a lot of joy and aids them in exploring their talents. The main consideration for finger paint is that it be as natural and safe as possible.

Things Required:

Cornstarch: 1 cups
Water: 3 cup
Food colouring
A collection of containers (with lids)
Pot or saucepan
Wooden spoon
Fork or Whisk


  • 1

    Boil It

    Pour 2 cups of water into your pot or saucepan and bring it to a boil.

    While waiting for the water to boil, mix 1 cup cornstarch with the remaining 1 cup of water. Stir until the starch is fully dissolved.

  • 2

    Mix Together

    When the water begins to boil, remove the pot from heat and add the cornstarch and water mixture. Place the pot back on the heat and stir constantly. Allow the mixture to boil for approximately 1 minute while stirring until the mixture is clear and thick.

  • 3

    Remove and Separate

    Once the mixture is thick and clear, remove the pot from heat and separate the mixture into different bowls or containers as you see fit. Base this segregation on the number of colours you would like to create.

    Allow the mixture to cool.

  • 4

    Add Colour

    While the mixture is cooling, add food colouring bit by bit to create the desired colours. Mix the colouring into the mixture well in order to ensure that it is even.

  • 5


    Once mixed and cooled, the paint is ready to use. Let your kids dip their fingers and create their works of art.

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