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How to Make Finger Paints

Make art on a budget! The kids will have a blast making their own finger paints!


  • Step 1: Mix ingredients in the saucepan Mix cornstarch, salt, and water in the saucepan.
  • TIP: Add glycerin to make the paints shiny.
  • Step 2: Heat mixture on low Cook on low for 10 to 15 minutes and continue stirring until the mixture becomes smooth and thick.
  • Step 3: Remove from heat Remove mixture from heat after it has reached the desired consistency. Set it aside and let it cool.
  • Step 4: Divide the mixture Divide the mixture into storage bowls.
  • Step 5: Add color to each bowl Add food coloring and stir to create your desired shade. Keep leftover paint by covering with a tight-fitting lid.
  • FACT: Finger paints were invented by an American educator in 1931.

You Will Need

  • 1/2 c. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. cold water
  • Food coloring
  • 1 medium saucepan
  • Mini storage bowls with lids
  • 1 tbsp. glycerin

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