Thursday, February 16, 2012

home made finger paint

I've seen this recipe for home made finger paint all over Pinterest and thought Nohl and I would give it a whirl today.  Luckily, we had all the ingredients already on hand, so we were good to go!  It was extremely easy to make.  This recipe is especially perfect for toddlers as the ingredients are all natural, so if those little fingers find their little mouths ... no problemo! 

3 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 cups water

On medium low temp, warm all ingredients in a small saucepan stirring fairly constantly until paint thickens.  Transfer to jars and mix in food colouring.  This recipe makes enough to fill approximately 6 baby food jars.

Overall, this was a great recipe.  Nohl was thrilled that he got to mix the food dye in to make his own colours.  The only thing is that he doesn't like to have gooey hands..so he ended up using paint brushes to paint in an over-sized colouring book.  This is finger paint, so the colours look much brighter in the jar than it did in the colouring book, but he still loved it!

I am now complete with a kitchen window full of his most beautiful artwork.  BTW, he put price tags on all his art for when people come over ahahah so cute!


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  2. Do you know if this goes bad over time?

    1. Yes it does. I just made it about 1-2 weeks ago and got it down today and most of it was moldy. I'm wondering if keeping it in the fridge would make it last longer.

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  10. While the ingredients may be all edible, if using artificial dyes it is certainly not all natural. My 3 year old has a sensitivity to artificial dyes so we are looking for all natural alternatives.

  11. does the food coloring in the paint stain the kids skin or clothes?

  12. i noticed when it went cold it set like jelly? have i done something wrong?

  13. how long does it take to thicken?

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