mouth; all ingredients are edible (except for the optional Tempura
powder). But, please, don't encourage it! Store bought brands of
finger paint are not edible.
Easiest-ever Finger paint
Divide pudding into different containers. Add a different color of
food coloring to each.
Flour-based Finger paint
In a large bowl, put in water. Slowly add the flour while
stirrling constantly. When fully mixed and smooth, divide it
into different containers. Add a different color of food
coloring to each. Powdered Tempura paint can also be used for
Cornstarch Finger paint
In a medium pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. In a separate
bowl, dissolve cornstarch in with a cup of water. Add
cornstarch mixture to boiling water. Stir constantly. Boil until
the mixture is clear and thick. This will take about about 1
minute. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool. Divide
mixture into separate bowls and add a different color of food
coloring to each.
Finger painting is a great activity
for pre-schoolers who may not be
ready to produce art using crayons,
markers or pencils. It allows them
to use both hands to produce great
works of art! And it's a great
activity for developing fine motor
and visual motor skills.
Also, finger painting is a form
of "messy play" which provides a
variety of sensory experiences for
young children. Let your toddler
enjoy spreading and smushing the
finger paint around on the paper.
The walls around the bathtub is also
a fun place to do this and it contains
For variety, use craft (popsicle)
sticks, chunks of sponges and even
large chunky paint brushes to push
the paint around. This way they also
experience different textures while
they are painting.
Most paper will get soggy and easily tear apart. If you don't want to purchase finger painting
paper that has a protective coating on one side, you can have the child do their finger painting on a
large plastic tray (which will also help contain the mess) or on a smooth table top. When done, you
can either take a picture of it for posterity or lay construction paper over it lightly, then lift it
off gently to preserve it.