Sunday, May 20, 2012

Homemade Finger Paint

There’s a recipe for homemade finger paints that has been circling ‘round the internet lately.  I’ve seen it on Facebook & Pinterest over and over.  We had Grace for the day, rather last minute, and Keith was working from home that day.  I was looking for some kind of activity to keep the kids busy and relatively quiet.  It seemed like a great day to try the finger paints recipe.

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It was very easy to make, and the kids had lots of fun measuring and stirring before I heated it on the stove.  They also loved squeezing in (with help!) the food coloring.  Of course, I cooked it without their assistance.  One batch made five baby food “cups” of finger paint…plenty to keep three kids busy for an hour!

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If you’re going to try this, here’s our thoughts on the recipe: We had LOTS of fun, but we found that the paint thickened up REALLY quickly.  If I made it again, I would use less cornstarch.  Once the paint cooled, it was almost a jello consistency – too thick to paint, but still lots of fun to squish in your hands!  I tried storing it for later, but it was like rubber when we opened it the next day.

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If you look at these pictures below, you can see how “gloppy” the paint got.  It was SUPER thick after about 20 minutes. 

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Anonymous said...

Sounds like a fun activity but needs a different recipe or modifications! I will have to give this a try with Sammy soon!

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