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Homemade Finger Paint

Ideal for Toddler, Preschool/Pre-K, School-Age

A young boy with a black shirt plays paints with his fingers on a table

Materials Needed:

  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of cornstarch
  • 2 cups of cold water
  • Containers
  • Natural food coloring


  1. Stir 4 tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 cup cornstarch together.
  2. Add 2 cups of cold water and heat over medium heat until the mixture is thick (the mixture will further thicken as it cools).
  3. Divide into four or more containers, and add food coloring, as desired.

Notes: Utilize a paint smock and table covering to avoid potential staining.

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