Yesterday we had a lovely play date with a friend and her 2 year old daughter. I decided we would make some homemade finger paint and let the girls get a bit creative.
I am rather pleased at the colorfulness of our homemade finger paint!
How to make homemade finger paint.
You will need,
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 4 1/2 cups of water
- a pot & whisk
- coloring of choice (the ones I used are these neon gel colors)
Add the 4 and half cups of water to your pot as well as the salt. Set the stove plate to medium heat. Measure out your flour and slowly add it while mixing it in with a whisk to make sure there are no lumps.
Once you start to feel that the mixture is thickening dial down the heat to low and continue to stir with the whisk until you get the right consistency for your homemade finger paint.
This kind of reminds me of a porridge.
Scoop out a few spoons and add to containers so that you can color the homemade finger paint for use. I used a large muffin tray.
Add 2 drops of coloring and mix. Add more if you want deeper colors. Stir well.
Next, setup the area for finger painting!
I added a fine motor twist to this activity by adding foam stickers. I also taped each sheet of construction paper down for 2 reasons. Firstly to keep the paper in place when the little ones were painting and for when the art work dries as the drying tends to pull the paper up at the edges.
Enter fine motor activity! Peel those foam stickers and stick them to your paper! Unfortunately the letters I had were rather hard to peel but the fish, hearts, bunnies and farm animals were good for my older preschooler to peel off. For the 2 year old I peeled her stickers for her and handed her the stickers so that she could stick them on the paper herself.
Once the sticking was done we dove into the homemade finger paint!
I was rather excited about making a heart finger paint master piece. I always find painting and crafting with the kids so much fun!
The 2 year olds tried out the homemade finger paint and after a bit of smearing on the paper decided that paint brushes would be the way to go. Usually my 2 year old cant wait to smear stuff and dig into anything sensory!
The pictures still came out beautifully though!
Even though they didnt cover the entire page which would have meant we could peel the stickers off to leave white silhouettes I think the pictures are still rather pretty.
AND the homemade finger paint muffin tray was looking gorgeous afterwards too! I just LOVE the color combos.
The heart art was rather stunning.
Once dry I carefully peeled off the foam stickers to reveal the master piece. I particularly like how the finger trails can still be seen in the homemade finger paint and that art dries in a 3D kind of way
Pin this homemade finger paint recipe for later!
This easy homemade finger paint is taste safe for babies, toddlers and any little one that still likes to taste stuff!
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