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The Best Recipes for Homemade Finger Paint for Babies

finger paintingFinger painting is an activity loved by babies, toddlers and parents everywhere! It’s a fun way to let little kids use their creativity, plus it keeps their little hands busy. It’s a good way to teach about colors too. But did you know you can make homemade finger paint for babies?  You can! It’s easy and your child will love it just as much as the store bought variety. So put on your paint shirts and start having some fun!

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Why homemade finger paint for babies?

Making homemade finger paint for babies has several advantages.  As we all know, babies put EVERYTHING in their mouths.  That can be really tough when you are starting to introduce art time to your child.  Homemade finger paint with edible ingredients is a good choice for your child’s first art making experiences, because if they do happen to put it in their mouth, it’s no big deal.  Items manufactured for children have to meet standards that certify them as non-toxic.  But with all kinds of product recalls frequently making news, a lot of parents just feel better knowing exactly what is in their child’s finger paint.  This can also be helpful if your child has severe allergies.  You likely know exactly what your child can tolerate and might not want to take a chance with commercially manufactured paint.

Homemade finger paint for babies is totally edible, and made out of things you probably already have in your kitchen.  Children’s art supplies are not generally expensive, but as with many other things in life, making something at home with ingredients you already have is usually much cheaper.  A real plus if your child wants to paint all the time.

The Recipes

Here are a few recipes that you can try out to make homemade finger paint for babies.  They’re all easy, so even if you aren’t the crafty sort, you can still make them.

Homemade Finger Paint

homemade finger paint recipe

This recipe from Lisa Prather’s blog uses flour and only two other ingredients, so it’s super simple.  You can use it on paper or right on the high chair tray.  You can mix in the color yourself or let your child swirl it in with their fingers.

Stovetop Finger Paints

Stovetop Finger Paint

This homemade finger paint for babies from Momtastic makes a thick, smooth, paint that will fascinate your little artist.  It makes enough for several colors.  Just make sure to let it cool completely before giving it to your child.

Stovetop Finger Paint #2

This recipe from Kidspot Australia uses corn flour (corn starch in the U.S.) and is also made on the stovetop.  Your kid will have fun squishing this homemade paint between their fingers and making all kinds of lovely designs.

Kool-aid Finger Paints

Kool-Aid Finger Paint #1

Using unsweetened Kool-Aid mix makes finger paint with beautiful, bright, vibrant colors.  And it smells amazing!  These colors make a big visual impression, so this activity is a good opportunity to start teaching colors to your toddler.  You can make this one with a high speed blender or on the stove, your choice.  See the recipe at Learn-Play-Imagine.

Kool-Aid Finger Paint #2

This no-cook recipe has a few more ingredients.  It is thick with a little more texture than most of the others, so if you are looking for something a little different, give it a try.  It can be frozen for a few minutes for a cool summer activity.  See Growing a Jeweled Rose for the recipe.

Yoghurt Finger Paint

Yogurt Finger Paint

It doesn’t get much easier than this!  Yogurt is the perfect consistency for finger paint and easy to clean up.  This recipe at 365 Days of Toddler Fun will keep even very young toddlers happily creating.

Edible Finger Paint

Scented Edible No-Cook Finger Paint

This is another yogurt paint recipe, with Kool-Aid for scent and a little extra sensory experience.  Asia from Fun at Home with Kids suggests using plain yogurt.  Since it is a little tart, your baby will be less likely to take more than a taste or two.

Pudding Finger Paint

Pudding Finger Paint

Pudding is another food that is the perfect consistency for finger paint.  Add a drop or two of food color, and you can make any color you want.  Get all the details at Homespun with Love.

The Best Homemade Finger Paint Recipes

Homemade finger paint for babies is super easy and lots of recipes are made with ingredients you might already have in your kitchen.  You can feel confident that your child is having a fun and safe experience with their first art projects.  Try one of these recipes for homemade finger paint for babies and watch your child’s delight as he or she creates their own beautiful projects!

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