Next time your Little Ones want to do some painting, ditch the dried up, store-bought paints and try making your own instead. The colors are more vibrant, the paint is a better quality, and you’ll get to spend some extra time laughing with your kids. Here’s how to make your own homemade finger paint.
Corn Starch Paint
If you want some seriously vibrant colors, this corn starch paint recipe is the way to go! All you’ll need is 3 TBS. sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 C. corn starch, 2 C. water, and food coloring. Not including the food coloring, warm and mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan until they thicken. After allowing some cooling time, separate the mixture into smaller portions and add the desired food colorings. I found that this paint was best on thicker papers and canvas. You can find excellent art easels, paintbrushes, and printable coloring pages on Crayola.com.
Kool-aid paint takes home the “favorite” award with my 3rd grade students. Not only are the colors really bright, but the paint smells super yummy too! I also love that it’s non-toxic just in case some of the paint ends up in a mouth! You’ll only need corn starch, cold water, unflavored gelatin packs, and a variety of Kool-Aid colors/flavors. Now that is some KOOL paint!! I buy baby mason jars at Michael’s.
For projects that require slightly thinner paints, such as water color projects, flour-based paints will be the best for the job. The gluten in flour keeps it from becoming as thick in mixtures as corn starch, which does not contain gluten. To make this recipe, you’ll need 2 C. flour, 2 tsp. salt, 2 1/2 C. cold water, 2 C. boiling water, and food coloring.
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Corn Starch recipe from Easie Peasie
Art Supplies, Crafts, and Project Ideas Found On Crayola.com
Kool-Aid Paint via Fireflies & Mud Pies
Mason Jars and Craft Supplies Sold At Michael’s
Flour-Based Paint Found On The Spruce