Finger painting with a baby is fun, except most of the paint ends up in their mouths! Even though all finger paint is non-toxic, I have a hard time feeling comfortable letting Robert stuff his face with it. This cheap and easy cornstarch finger paint recipe is alright for little tummies to digest. Some people don’t feel comfortable with food coloring, but I think it is much better for Robert to eat this than the store-bought stuff.
We still use the store-bought finger paint from time to time, but I always end up wishing I’d made this recipe instead. It isn’t difficult, and it is easy to clean off, much easier than store-bought paint.
Cornstarch Finger Paint Recipe
- 4 c. water
- 1 c. corn starch
- 6 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
Combine all ingredients in a pan and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes. Stir and let cool for 15 minutes. Divide into separate bowls and add food coloring. This will thicken as it cools so you may find the need to add more water.
I over cooked one batch and had to add water and mix it with my food processor to get it more watery and less gel-like. You may have to experiment a few times to get the consistency you prefer. This recipe makes more of a gel like substance than store-bought finger paint.
We have yet to make a real work of art with finger paints. Robert mostly uses the paint to decorate himself or smoosh it between his fingers and toes. I’ll keep you updated on if he ever paints the paper.
I bought a roll of brown craft paper from the dollar tree and we keep using it over and over again. Once it dries, I roll it back up and we use it again the next time. I can reuse it since he barely gets any paint on the paper. I imagine that once Robert starts painting the paper we will have to use fresh paper for each session.
What are your favorite cheap and easy ways to finger paint? I need your tips! Let me know.
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