Homemade Finger Paints

Ingredients you’ll need: 

  • Food colouring of your choice (I used green, yellow, pink and red)
  • 1/3 cup Plain flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Caster Sugar (refined sugar)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 tspn Salt
  • 4 bowls


Add the flour, sugar, and salt to a saucepan
Add water gradually and whisk ’till smooth.
Turn on the heat and stir until the mixture begins to thicken.
Pour evenly into four bowls (or plastic cups).
Add a couple of drops of food colouring to each and mix.
4 lovely coloured paints!
And one very happy toddler!
Store left over paint in sealed containers in the fridge.
When you use them next, give them a quick stir as the mixture will thicken more.

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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

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    • January 9, 2013 / 5:25 am

      It is a great idea, thanks!

  1. January 8, 2013 / 11:04 pm

    Great Idea, but you’re a brave woman, I don’t think I could stand the mess.

    • January 9, 2013 / 5:25 am

      Thanks Mandy and to be honest, I thought it would be more messy but we kept it out doors and the paint is actually very easy to clean than ‘normal’ paint. But in saying that, it’s possible that when Elliott is a bit older it could get a lot messier!

  2. January 8, 2013 / 11:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing – had never heard of making finger paint this way.

    • January 9, 2013 / 5:26 am

      No problems Jacana. I hadn’t either until I researched it because I wanted to do something fun that morning. So easy because we all usually have those ingredients in our cupboard and if the kiddies get it in their mouth, it’s safe.

  3. January 9, 2013 / 12:08 am

    I’m with you Mandy – I can just imagine my boys drawing all over the walls, but I’ll make a note to use once they’re older 🙂 Emily

    • January 9, 2013 / 5:27 am

      I’m guessing I am yet to experience the ‘messy’ side of older children? lol 🙂

  4. January 9, 2013 / 12:32 am

    wow thats so cool! I am adding it too my list of activites for my kids!! Thanks for sharing!

    • January 9, 2013 / 5:27 am

      No problems Yvette, have fun!

  5. January 9, 2013 / 1:46 am

    I think that I may just love finger painting as much as my kids do. Great idea keeping them in the fridge.
    Prue x

    • January 9, 2013 / 5:27 am

      Prue, I had a ball too, I quite possibly did more of the painting than Elliott!

  6. January 9, 2013 / 7:43 am

    Unfortunately my 6 year old wandered over while I was reading this. I think we’ll be making these tomorrow!

    • January 11, 2013 / 12:00 am

      Oops! Have fun 🙂

  7. January 9, 2013 / 7:56 am

    Great idea. Looks like a lot of fun – will have to remember this!

    • January 11, 2013 / 12:00 am

      It was fun, I think I had more fun than Elliott!

  8. January 9, 2013 / 2:14 pm

    That looks like a fun idea for lots of ages!

    • January 11, 2013 / 12:00 am

      Sure was!

  9. January 9, 2013 / 9:37 pm

    Love this idea. Especially since my 14 month old loves eating everything (paint, play dough, crayons)- at least you know what’s in this!

    • January 11, 2013 / 12:01 am

      That’s right, although not recommended to ‘eat’, it is safe if it gets in their mouth!

  10. January 10, 2013 / 2:39 pm

    I am going to pin this for when i am a bit braver or they can do it outside and a bath afterwards!! Or even in the bath!! Great that it can be kept in the fridge for later 🙂

    • January 11, 2013 / 12:01 am

      Thanks for pinning Alicia!

  11. January 11, 2013 / 2:36 am

    I will definately do this! Thanks for the great post.
    Found you through FYBF
    Rebecca x

  12. January 11, 2013 / 4:44 am

    I remember doing this in preschool and loving it!!! Thanks for sharing! My boys will definitely love getting their hands dirty with this activity! 🙂