My kids might be a little old to be painting with finger paint bu we haven’t done a sensory activity in a while. I decided to make some finger paint for them to use in our Halloween crafts and decor. It is so easy to make, you will probably have everything you need in your cupboard right now. It is also a great thing to make if you are looking for a boredom buster for toddlers.
It is always fun to watch how children respond to sensory activities. Emma couldn’t wait to get stuck into the paint, she scooped it up and used her whole hand to paint with. She even tasted it and emersed herself in the whole experience. Jack, on the other hand, dipped a fingertip into the finger paint and made dots on the page. He wouldn’t taste it and wasn’t keen on getting it on his hands.
The paint takes ages to dry and if it is quite thick in areas, it won’t actually dry 100%, so not really ideal to use to paint a picture or art project. It is great though for messy play.
Homemade Finger Paint
- Small containers
- 1/3 cup flour
- 2 TBSP sugar
- 2 cups water
- food colouring
- Place all ingredients into a small pot. Stir until the sugar dissolves and a smooth consistency is achieved.
- Pour the paint into smaller containers, let cool.
- Add a few drops of different food colouring to each bowl and mix in.
This activity is going to get messy so you might want to set it up outside. Messy play is important for little ones so try to let them get as messy as they can. Allow them to taste and smell the paint, so they can get a full sensory experience.
We love mixing colours to see what new colours we can create and this is another activity that allows us to experiment with that. Emma loves mixing colours and is getting pretty good and telling us what colours need to be combined to make secondary colours.