5 Edible Homemade Finger Paint Recipes For Kids

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Painting is a fun activity for kids of all ages. Your kid will love the variety of colors and the creativity he can show using them.

However, when your kid puts paints all over himself, there’s always a risk that he will put some into his mouth too! So, how do you ensure that painting does not become hazardous for your kid?

The way out is to make some paint at home with stuff that is edible.

5 Easiest Homemade Finger Paints For Kids:

Here are some simple recipes that you can use to create some homemade finger paints for kids:

1. Corn flour Finger Paint:

This paint will be less messy, thick enough to manage and smooth enough to paint effortlessly.

You Need:

  • Cornstarch or corn flour
  • Water
  • A tablespoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • Food colors
  • Containers to keep the paint


  • Pour the corn flour, sugar and salt in a saucepan.
  • Mix water to it slowly over medium heat. The quantity of water must be ideally three times of the quantity of corn flour you have taken.
  • Whisk it to make a thick paste.
  • Cool it once it is smooth enough.
  • Just add the edible colors to the paste after pouring it in different containers.
  • Mix the colors and the paste, adding a little water as you need, to get the right consistency.

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2. Corn and Glycerin Paint:

This one is even simpler to make. The glycerin will give a distinct shine to the paint that will bring the colors alive.

You Need:

  • Corn flour
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Glycerin


  • Boil water in a pan.
  • Dissolve corn flour in a separate cup in normal water and mix it to the boiling water.
  • Stir the mixture till the paste is smooth and consistent.
  • Let the mixture cool.
  • Divide it in separate sealed containers.
  • Add the glycerin and colors and again mix properly.

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3. White Flour Paint:

This concoction will have a silky texture and a beautiful shine because of the dishwashing liquid.

You Need:

  • White flour
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Salt
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Containers


  • Take flour and salt in a pan and add water slowly, mixing constantly.
  • Cook the mixture over medium heat and keep whisking to avoid lumps from forming.
  • Once the mixture is smooth, remove from heat and let it cool.
  • After the mixture is cool, mix in the dishwashing liquid and stir properly.
  • Pour the mixture in different containers and add the colors to get different shades.

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4. Instant Paint:

This one also has white flour as its base, but is much easier and quicker to make. This paint will be thinner and suitable for splashing around.

You Need:

  • Cold water
  • White flour
  • Food coloring


  • Mix the water and white flour in a large bowl, stirring slowly till the mixture is smooth.
  • Pour it in smaller containers and add the colors.

5. Mix Flour Paint:

If you want a paint that is completely made up of edible ingredients, you can leave out the dishwashing liquid.

You Need:

  • Plain white flour (half cup)
  • Corn flour (half cup)
  • Water
  • A tablespoon of salt
  • A tablespoon of dishwashing liquid
  • Food coloring


  • Put corn flour, white flour and salt in a pan and add a little water. Stir the ingredients till the mixture is consistent.
  • Cook the mixture on low flame and keep mixing till the paste is thick. Be cautious so that no lumps are formed.
  • Remove the paste from heat and let it cool. Mix some more water to the paste if you want a thinner paint.
  • Add the dishwashing liquid and the food coloring and you have the paint ready.

The best part about these home made finger paints is that these can be stored safely for a week. Also, engaging your kids in the process will enhance the experience.

Hope by now you must have known how to make homemade finger paint for kids. We are sure your kids will love creating these colors as much as using them to paint! And with these being entirely safe, we are sure you will be happy too!

Don’t forget to share your fun experiences.

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