Friday, January 28, 2011

Homemade Fingerpaints

Did you know you can make fingerpaints?  And it's super easy.  And it will keep a toddler occupied for a long time?  
Poppy has never really been a fan of fingerpaints because she doesn't like to get her hands all messy.  So I just gave her a couple of paintbrushes and let her go to town.

I'm sure you can make the colors more vibrant by adding more food coloring, but these worked fine for Poppy.  And because of the detergent in the recipe, the paint is washable, so you don't have to worry about stains on clothing!  Here's the recipe:

Homemade Fingerpaints

2 Tbsp. sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
2 cups water
1/2 cup liquid dishwashing soap
food coloring

Mix the sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan and stir in the water.  Cook over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly until the mixture is a clear smooth gel.  Stir in the soap and remove from heat.  When cool enough to handle, scoop it into storage containers (I used glass yogurt jars) and add food coloring.  



Christine @ 12,450miles said...

I love this! We have yet to try finger paints... but this seems like I may actually be able to handle making, and using, them. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

Krista said...

Ohhh - so crafty! I'm going to have to try this too - we haven't ventured into finger paints either.

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