How To Make Your Own Finger Paint


A great way to get your child involved in an activity is to get them to help prepare for the activity.

My son is very tactile defensive. This means that he is reluctant to touch anything with a different texture. I find that if we make finger paint together it makes a positive experience for him and is fun!

I find that making finger paint with him also prepares him mentally for the activity at the end. Instead of just grabbing his hand and sticking it in something that is cold and wet, he is actually involved in making the paint and is aware that it is safe, it will not hurt him and it was a fun, interactive experience for him.

Homemade Finger Paint

What do you need?

  • 4 Tablespoons of Sugar
  • 1/2 a cup of Cornstarch
  • 2 cups of cold water
  • Food Coloring of your choice

Now what?

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine 4 tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 a cup of cornstarch

  2. Add 2 cups of cold water
  3. This bit is to be done by an adult.. Heat on medium heat until the mixture begins to thicken
  4. Remove from heat. The mixture will thicken more as it cools down
  5. Divide into as many containers as needs and add small amount of food coloring
  6. Make sure to mix well
  7. Have Fun Painting!

Please note: If your child has food fussiness it is a good idea to get them to paint with and interact with food. Make stamps from potatoes, paint brushes from carrot or celery sticks etc. Use your imagination and have fun!



  1. Thanks for the paint recipe. I think that this will be one of the activities I am going to do with my grandkids next time they are over for a day visit. I know that they will just love to make their own paints – it’s a brilliant idea. I also have a couple of them who are also tactile defensive but I am sure that they are going to love this activity anyway 🙂

    • Hi there

      Thanks for your comment!

      That’s  great idea! I’m sure that they will love making there own paints just as much as my kids love making them!

      I always buy the cheap colour in books when I see them so they can also tear pages out to paint.

      Have fun with your grandchildren!



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