Homemade Finger Paint For Babies and Toddlers

Hi there–Here’s a little back-story on why I decided to make paint in the first place BUT if you are in a rush you can jump on down to the easy-peasie recipe ūüôā

What are we gonna do today?! . . .

I was asking myself this question with semi dread every single evening. Where would Ari and I spend our morning?

Another story time? Another park? Those things were getting old and my outlook as stay-at-home-mommy was becoming bleak. So obviuosly I took to Pinterest and searched for toddler crafts. Without fail  Pinterest came to the rescue. . . again.

Really, I just needed a little inspiration.

One of my “mid-year” resolutions is to spend more undivided time with my little guy. Time that I’m really engaged with him and not just in the same vicinity.

Today we headed out to pick up the needed supplies and I was excited! ¬†Of course when you need crafty things you head to Michael’s…right? Wrong!! Michaels failed me horribly. They didn’t have food colors OR jars???? Weird, I know.

Back to the “back-story” — I had always wanted to be a stay at home mom and crafty activitives like making paint make me feel like one.

Ok, on the the recipe

Homemade Finger Paint!

This recipe is great for babies and toddlers who may have a hard time keeping things out of their mouths.

Finger Paint Recipe

In a small sauce pan mix:

  • 1/2 Cup Corn Starch
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water


Simmer on low, and stir occasionally until the mixer reaches you desired thickness. I allowed my mix to simmer for about 25 mins stirring often. I wanted a thicker paste.

finger paint

Let Cool, then put into jars of your choosing! I chose 4oz jars. that I bought from Kroger (my local grocery store). Michael’s was seriously no help for this project!

Add Food Coloring. I added 8 drops per container, but it will depend upon the amount of paste you use.



Mix. And you. Are. DONE!


Customize! Add more food color… make it thicker…,make it thinner, add glitter!!

Ari Painting

Hmmm, What should I paint?

Ari Painting Ari Painting

Spending one-on-one ¬†time with Ari was so much better than hustling around town to yet another¬†park or story-time. ¬†I can’t wait for our next crafty mommy son activity.

What do you do to keep your little ones active, interested and busy?

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