Homemade Finger Paint

On an especially trying night (and sometimes in the middle of the day…hello Spring Break!), when my kids have been very full of life and my patience is wearing thin, I make a batch of this and let the kids take a good long bath full of creativity!  Kids can have fun making a huge mess in the bathtub, and it will all go down the drain.  Your kids will enjoy creating painted flowers, monsters, printing their names, or anything they dream up.  I haven’t had any problems with this recipe staining my tub like I have with store bought finger paints, but I would test it in an inconspicuous area first!!  I’ve used several recipes but I like this non-toxic recipe that doesn’t call for dish soap (my kiddos have super sensitive skin so that is a no go for us).


½ cup cornstarch

2 cups cold water

Food coloring

Mix cornstarch and water in a saucepan, stirring constantly to eliminate lumps. Bring to boil. Mixture will begin to thicken. Pour into several small containers.  In each container, add a different color. FYI, I usually double the recipe and I give each kid their own ice cube container or muffin tin of “paints”.  Allow to cool before using.

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