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Homemade Finger Paints

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Try these easy finger paints made from ingredients you already have around the house. They’re a fun way to get messy and engage your kids in sensory play. And when the kids use cookie sheets as the canvas, the mess is a little easier to clean up.
Homemade Finger Paints
What You’ll Need
  • Sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Cold water
  • Food coloring

 

How to Make
  1. Mix 4 tablespoons of sugar and ½ cup cornstarch in a pot. Add 2 cups of cold water.
  2. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring until it becomes thick.
  3. When the mixture is cool, spoon it into small containers and add food coloring.
  4. Use your finger paints to make designs on cookie sheets or gloss finish paper.

 

Extend the Fun

Younger children: As you add the food coloring, talk about colors and how to make new colors. For example, describe the two colors that are needed to make purple. Then, as you help your child add the food coloring, count out loud the number of drops he’s putting in. How many drops does it take to make the color he wants?

Older children: These finger paints can make a great gift. Help your child make a set of finger paints and put them in a small container that can be given away. Then he can add a bow on top and write his own to-and-from label.  

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