Thursday, November 17, 2011

Easy, Non-Toxic Homemade Finger Paints for Busy Toddlers

Around our place, finger painting is an activity reserved for the bathtub.  We've tried a couple varieties.  First, the type from the dollar store, which seemed ok until I thought a little too hard about what may be in them (made in China, lead, who knows). Another time I purchased a fancy organic variety which were nice but would be too expensive to do on a regular basis.

I came across an article with instructions on making your own homemade finger paints so I figured I'd give it a try, and I'm glad I did!

The finger paints took about 10 minutes to make.  Here's how you do it:

You'll Need:
- Small saucepan
- 3 tablepoons sugar
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- Food colouring
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups warm water
- Containers for the different colours

You simply put the sugar, cornstarch, salt and water in a pan and warm until it starts to thicken.

At first it will look like watery milk and as it thickens it turns quickly to a clear jelly as if by magic.  Once it's all clear jelly, take it off the heat. Divide it into cups that will be different colours, add food colouring, cool and use.

We only used 2 drops of food colouring in each cup so ours weren't very dark.  He just uses them for 30 minutes or so in the tub and then they get washed away so I didn't see the point of using a ton of colour.

We followed this recipe exactly and ours ended up very, very solid and jelly like.  In fact, after a little while of playing it basically became a slime like jelly solid.  It sort of felt like vaseline.  Anyway, it worked perfectly for what we used it for, but if you want to use it on actual paper I'd suggest lots of dye and less cornstarch.

Aias kept tasting it and saying "NUM!" but the girl who created the recipe said she wouldn't exactly market it as a snack or anything. 





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