The boys were running around the house restless the other morning and I wasnt going to take them to the park in this 100+ weather so I figured it was the perfect time to try out some homemade finger paints. When I told them, they were so excited by the idea and ran right up to their rooms to grab their art aprons!
This recipe is so easy to do and you probably have everything you need right in your kitchen. It takes less than 5 minutes and the end result is a hit. I involved my kids in every step of the process. It’s a great learning experience and how fun is it for them to make their own custom paints?!
You’ll need a small pot, 3 cups of water, 1/2 cup corn starch, 3 tbsp sugar, dash of salt and food coloring.
Heat your 3 cups of water on your stove top. Slowly add in your sugar, cornstarch and salt while whisking to keep down lumps. The mixture will come together fairly quickly and become an opaque goop, for lack of a better word. Even with all the whisking I did, there were still some lumps so I strained mine to have a smooth paint.
Put your mixture into the freezer or fridge to cool. Once it’s completely cooled, pour it into individual containers to color. I used food coloring to color the paints but if you want it all natural, then you can use fruit and veggie juices. Start with a few drops at a time and adjust to get the color you want. I let the boys do this, they loved it! This is a great way to teach them about color mixing as well; blue and yellow make green!
Nothing was immune from the boys’ painting frenzy; the floor got it, the wall, the patio blinds, and my 2 year old even decided to start painting himself! But I didn’t even mind, we were all having too much fun! I even sat and drenched my hands in that paint and made my Jackson Pollock masterpiece.