The next time your kids say they are bored, whip up a batch of this classic homemade finger paint. All you need are ingredients you already have in your pantry. And letting your kids help you make the finger paint will be as much fun for them as using the paint. Let the painting begin!
To make classic homemade finger paint, you will need 1 cup of flour, 2 tablespoons of salt, 1 and 1/2 cups of cold water, 1 and 1/4 cups of hot water, and food coloring.
Combine the flour, the salt and the cold water in a saucepan. Beat the mixture with a wire whisk until it is smooth. Then heat the mixture over medium heat and slowly stir in the hot water, stirring constantly.
Continue stirring until the mixture boils and begins to thicken. Remove from the heat and continue to beat it with the whisk until it is smooth.
Divide the mixture into several small containers. You can use an ice cube tray or the little plastic cups that drink mixes like Crystal Light come in (always save those little cups because they come in handy for crafts). Add a few drops of food coloring to each container and stir with a toothpick or small spoon until well blended. The classic finger paint is now ready to use!
If you have freezer paper, that makes an excellent paper to use with your finger paints. Just paint on the shiny side. If you don’t have freezer paper, you can use wax paper or any old paper. The kids won’t care what kind of paper they get as long as they can paint! If you are very ambitious, you can cover the entire table with a cheap plastic shower curtain liner and let the kids paint all over it.
When your kids are ready to branch out and start painting on other surfaces, let them paint on styrofoam cups! They can decorate their cups then let them dry. Once the cups are dry, you can stack them up again by putting each cup in a baggie first (you don’t want the paint on one cup to go inside another cup). Another thing your kids can paint is the back of a clear plastic plate. When the paint is dry just flip the plate over and eat!
If your kids are funny about getting their fingers dirty, they can always use a paint brush with this paint. Or you can try something fun and have them put their hands inside plastic sandwich bags and let them paint with their hands covered up. Or they can use plastic gloves, but baggies are more fun.
See more of my crafts for kids:
Crafts for Kids – Homemade Puffy Foam Paint
Crafts for Kids – Homemade Bathtub Crayons
Crafts for Kids – Easy Homemade Stickers
Activity for Kids – Homemade Invisible Ink