Concerned with the safety of drawing materials for your kid? Try DIY solution! Here are six recipes of homemade finger paints for children – some of them can even be eaten. Don’t miss the bonus: ingredients for natural food coloring. Scroll down.
1. Gel Finger Paints
- 100 grams of starch
- 5 liters of cold water
- 1 sachet of gelatin
- 50 ml of cold water
Mix starch with 0.5 liters of cold water, soak gelatin in 50 ml of cold water. Heat the mixture with starch on medium heat (keep stirring it constantly): cease before it boils and gets transparent. Take off the stove and add gelatin. Pour the mixture in different cans and use food coloring to get various colors.
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2. Yogurt Face Paints
- Unflavored (or simply white) Yogurt
- Food coloring
Prepare containers for future paints, pour the yogurt on them. Add food dye (gel or liquid) in each container, stir until you get a homogeneous mass. Yoghurt finger paints are ready!
3. Flour Finger Paints
You will need the following ingredients:
- 1,2 pound of flour;
- 5 tablespoons of salt;
- 2 tablespoons of oil (olive or vegetable);
- Water (use as much as needed to prepare a mass similar in consistency to sour cream);
- Food dye.
To prepare these finger paints will need more time. Such paints are optimal for children aged 1-1.5 year or older.
Mix all components (use a mixer to ease the process), then pour colors into cans and add the food coloring.
4. Cornstarch Finger Paints
- 100 grams of cornstarch
- 100 ml of water
- 1 liter of boiling water
- 70 grams of Talcum
- Soap chips (1-1.5 cup)
- Food coloring
This is a nice variant for kids older than 1.5-2 years. Preparation takes some time, but the result is worth it. Mix 100 grams of cornstarch and 100 ml of water to get a homogeneous mass. Start slowly pouring 1 liter of boiling water into your mixture and keep stirring it. You will get a transparent mixture in which you need to add 70 grams of talcum and continuing stirring. Wait until the mixture cools down and add the soap chips. Stir well. Pour the mixture into containers, add food coloring. Don’t forget to cool the colors in a fridge. Before drawing, take them out in advance so they could warm up to room temperature. Typically, such paints serve for 1-2 weeks, but if you don’t like how it smells or feels, make a new set.
5. Edible Pudding Paint
- Instant pudding
- Food dye
Mix ingredients: add water to pudding and stir until you get the desired consistency. Don’t be afraid of seeing how your kid is eating the material – these homemade finger paints are totally edible!
6. Shaving Cream Puffy Paint
- Shaving Foam (non-allergic)
- Food coloring or gouache/watercolors
This variant is appropriate for kids older than 3 – you need to stay assured your little one won’t be tempted to try these paints. Use non-allergic shaving cream/foam with minimal amount of chemicals and odors. Mix foam with coloring in cups to make a homogenous mass. The pictures will surprise you!
How To Make Natural Food Dyes?
- Orange color – juice or carrot puree. Put the carrot in a blender or squeeze the juice in a juicer.
- Yellow color – saffron, turmeric, curry. Dissolve a teaspoon of turmeric, saffron or curry in hot water.
- Green color – parsley, spinach. Squeeze juice from parsley and spinach (you can chop finely with a knife or use a special juicer).
- Red color – beet, tomato paste, berries juice (raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, etc.). Grate boiled beets and squeeze the juice, or put it in a blender. How to make berry coloring? Grate or mash berries with a spoon in a cup.
- Blue and purple – blueberries, blackberries. Grate or mash berries in a cup with a spoon.
- Brown color – chicory, cocoa, cinnamon, coffee (dilute in hot water).
There’s an endless amount of homemade finger paints recipes and variations – you can find alternative versions online. If your child is allergic to usual paints or is too small and tends to eat the materials, you can make 100% organic edible paints that look, smell and feel pleasant.
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