Monday, August 2, 2010

Finger Paints!

Being stuck indoors on a rainy day can be a fun time with a little creativity! On just such a day we turned to our kitchen cupboards and (with the help of this recipe) found all the ingridients needed to make Homemade Finger Paints!
What You Need:
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar (we were out of regular sugar, so we successfully used brown sugar!)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups cold water
  • food coloring
In a medium pan, mix all the ingredients together. Cook over low to medium-low heat 10 to 15 minutes (we found it took longer, though, so be patient). Keep stirring the finger paint mixture until it is smooth and thick. A whisk works great for keeping the mixture smooth. After the finger paint has thickened take the pan off the stove and let the mixture cool.

After cooling, divide the finger paint into containers depending on how many colors of paint you are planning to make. Add a few drops of food coloring to each container.

And now you are ready to roll up your sleeves and get messy!

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19 comments:

  1. This is such a great idea.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Warm wishes, Tonya

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  2. Thanks! I saved the recipe for the next rainy day!!!

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  3. There's one kid that's having a great time! Looks like fun. :-)

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  4. stopped over from Skip to My Lou's...
    You have a wonderful blog!
    I love your homemade 'flower pens' idea!
    I make these at school with a lovely bouquet from the dollar store ... when students stay after school or come at lunchtime for extra help, sometimes we start out with a "fun pen" to make the work sweeter...
    I never thought to take the top out and glue the flower in...
    {will have to put a little glue gun on my school supplies list this summer :o)
    ... enjoyed my visit here...
    ~Maria

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  5. Love it! I'd love it if you'd link up to my Topsy Turvy Tuesday's tomorrow! I can't wait to try this with me kids!

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  6. I stopped over from Jandee Crafts blog. This is an awesome idea and I can't wait to try it out!! My kids will freak!

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  7. I can't wait to try this one. Thanks!

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  8. It's supposed to rain here in NE the next few days - thanks for posting this! What's the purpose of the sugar and salt? Just to make it taste good? My 2 year old will love this!

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  9. Hi :-) I stopped by via your link-up to Sumo's Sweet Stuff. I use to love doing things like this with our four sons. Our grand daughter is only 1, but man do I have a lot of fun activities lined up to do with her when she's ready!

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  10. looks like fun! what a great solution for a rainy day sent inside!

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  11. Awesome receipe. My son and his friend were able to make the finger paint. They had a ball adding the color to each dish and mixing the colors too!

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  12. Thanks so much for sharing another great project on Craft Schooling Sunday, the party is just so great with you there!

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  13. A very good alternative to regular paints, which could contain poisonous lead, chromium etc.

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  14. I made this last week for my group of daycare kids and it turned out wonderfully! This recipe made enough for five kids. It has a smooth, thick consistency and was super easy to make. Thanks for sharing! This will go in my recipe book, right next to the homemade play-dough :-)

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