Fun and easy activity for the summer!
Homemade Finger Paints
Inexpensive easy to make with items likely to have from home!
- 1 cup of cold water
- 1/4 cup of cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon of light corn syrup
- Washable, nontoxic tempera paint
- Finger-paint paper or freezer paper
- Masking tape
Before you begin: Spread out a plastic tablecloth, keep wipes handy, and wear a smock or old clothes.
In a small saucepan, stir together the cold water and cornstarch. Whisk the mixture over low heat for about 5 minutes until it thickens and clears -- this will happen all at once. Whisk in 1 tablespoon of light corn syrup, then divide the mixture into bowls and stir a squirt of tempera paint into each one.
After the paint has cooled, scoop blobs of it onto finger-paint paper (taped to your table) or let your kids scoop it out themselves -- whichever they prefer -- and commence smearing. Leftover paint can be stored in sealed containers in the fridge for a day or two.