Finger Paint: Homemade Fun

finger paintFinger painting fun!

Rory and I had nothing planned today so we decided to make our own finger paint!

I chose to make our own paints because I know Rory is getting her molars now and so everything is in her mouth.  I did just a basic flour, salt and water mixture so that if she decided to have a mid morning snack it would be OK.  The recipe made a lot, so next time we are going to need to have a play date so we don’t waste any paint!

We had so much fun painting, we put out a big strip of my old pattern making paper and went to town.  I didn’t think that she would use the paint brushes, but she actually used them a lot!

little girl painting

I got the recipe from this old school craft binder I found at a yard sale, called “A Guide to Children’s Creative Play.”  It was well worth the quarter!

Here was our Recipe:
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 5 cups of cold water
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • food coloring
  • sauce pan
  • wooden spoon

I mixed the flour and water in a saucepan and cooked over low heat until it was nice and smooth.

I mixed in the salt and allowed the paint to cool.

I then divided it into 6 small cups and used food coloring to make the colors.

girl fingerpainting on floor

Getting down and dirty with the paint!  Put your hands in!

little girl fingerpainting

We got her feet involved too!

foot prints in paint

She loves painting and was so good at it! We used so much paper but it was well worth it because now daddy has more art work for his office!

And believe it or not…She didn’t eat any paint!

little girl painting on floor

Doesn’t finger painting look like fun?   After you try this recipe, take a look at these other fun finger painting projects…


  1. Homemade paint! Looks like so much fun! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. This is such a cute idea! My kids would LOVE this! I cook with mine all the time and we don’t mind messes. I found you via Bowdabra’s link party! I’m entry #59 and #60. Nice to “meet” you!

  3. Do you use a special kind of food coloring so it doesn’t stain?

  4. We tried this and the paint was very watery… Did I do something wrong? Does the mixture have to get really warm? There was no lumps in mine and it was barely warm so we moved on. Maybe it needs the heat to thicken?
    As you mentioned, I would also recommend cutting this recipe in half. My 3 kids didn’t even use half of it .

  5. Thanks for sharing this! Got linked to your site from Inner Child Fun.

  6. Finger painting though a great activity is quite messy so inst it easier for a toddler to do this on a small children’s table? When I taught preschool we always did it standing up at the table, so much easier to clean

  7. I cut the recipe down to a quarter batch. I added a lot more flour too. If you want more of a pancake batter consistency. Use 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 C. flour, 1-1/4 C. Water and 1tbs salt.

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