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How to make Finger Paint for Kids

Make your own finger paint!  Finger painting is lots of fun for kids.  They love the ooey-gooey feels as the paint oozes through their fingers.

Original Fingerpaint
Cornstarch Fingerpaint
Easy Fingerpaint

The first two recipes are cooked and need adult help while they are being made.  The third recipe is one the children can make all by themselves.

Be sure to have lots of heavy paper on hand for painting.  These paint tend to be too wet for newsprint or regular paper.

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Original Fingerpaint

Ingredientsfinger paint hand print from child craft

1/2 cup cornstarch
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups cold water
food coloring



In a medium pan, mix all the ingredients together to make the finger paint. Cook over low heat 10 to 15 minutes. Keep stirring the finger paint mixture until it is smooth and thick. After the finger paint has thickened take the pan off the stove and let the mixture cool.

After cooling, divide the finger paint into storage containers depending on how many colors you would like. Add a few drops of food coloring to each container. Stir the coloring in to the paint to determine the shade of color. You're ready to finger paint! Cover tightly when storing.


Cornstarch Fingerpaint


3 cups water
1 cup cornstarch
food coloring


In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil.  Dissolve cornstarch in a separate bowl with water.   Remove boiling water from heat and add cornstarch mixture.  Return to heat, stirring constantly.  Boil until the mixture is clear and thick (about 1 minute).  Remove from heat.

As the mixture is cooling, divide into separate bowls and add food coloring.  Let the children carefully mix in the coloring.


  1. Add 1 tbsp of glycerin to make the mixture shiny.  You can find glycerin in most drugstores or pharmacies.


Easy Fingerpaint


2 cups white flour
2 cups cold water
food coloring


Put water into a large bowl.  Slowly add the flour, while the children are stirring.  Once it's all mixed together, divide into smaller bowls and add food coloring.

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