Homemade Finger Paint Recipe with Fine Motor Activity

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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!

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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.

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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.homemade finger paint colors

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. (TASTE SAFE) Homemade Finger Paint Recipe with Fine Motor Activity

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.fine motor activity sticker peeling

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!taste safe homemade finger paint

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!paint brush paints

The pictures still came out beautifully though!finger paint pic

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.paint brush finger paints

AND the homemade finger paint muffin tray was looking gorgeous afterwards too! I just LOVE the color combos.colorful mixture

The heart art was rather stunning.homemade finger paint and fine motor activity from PowerfulMothering.com

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 wayhomemade finger paint and fine motor activity from PowerfulMothering.com

Pin this homemade finger paint recipe for later!

homemade finger paint and fine motor activity from PowerfulMothering.com

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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  1. Thanks for this recipe! It was just what I was looking for: easy to make and totally edible! We added sprinkles, cereal, and chia seeds for texture and the result was definitely a new experience for my toddlers! I’m going to include a link to this recipe from my post on our textured finger painting.

  2. Love this and immediately thought adding taste to sensory time with texture was great! Try adding a different flavor extract to each paint.

  3. Will it stain clothing, in my case I actually want it to because I want to have my baby crawl and walk on a sheet to get the prints and be able to wash it so we can keep forever?

    Thanks!

    • if you add MORE food clothing it will stain, then after the prints are on it let it dry and drab with some vinegar to see if it will help it set. I would try this on a sample cloth first though.

  4. This is my second time using this recipe and I absolutely love it!! Thank you so much for this great memory with my baby boy (16 months), and fun gifts for grandparents & Aunts!

  5. My kiddos loved this recipe with the koolaid to make the color and make it smell good- Love this recipe! So easy and makes a good amount! THANKS!

  6. I am going to try this today but to color it I am going to use koolaid packets to hopefully make it scented as we are talking about the 5 senses right now.

  7. Would this paint work on a canvas instead of paper? And would it last, and not attract bugs?

  8. I am just curious… do you know approximately how much paint this provides… like how many kids could use this recipe for paint. I am going overseas and want to use this diy paint recipe but am unsure how much I would need to make for all the children. Also, how long did it take to make? Did you have to cool it before the kids used it? Can this paint be stored away and used the next day or is this a recipe that can only be used for one time and then have to remake another batch for the next time? Thanks!

    • My recipe was used by 4 kids with lots extra so I would guess it would be perfect for around 6-8 kids. 10 mins to make. cool until it is safe to handle. I think next day use would be fine stored in airtight container so it does not dry out. anything over 2 days it won’t be very nice.

  9. I just made this but had to add two extra cups of water for some reason, possibly because I boiled the water first, (I admit I just skimmed over the instructions!) it turned out great though! I used my electric hand mixer instead of a wisk to make the job easier.

  10. Hi.. I just made this… Cant wait for my 2 year old to try it out. Tell me… can the left over paint be stored and for how long…

    Thank you for making the average mom look so creative..he he he…

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