Homemade Finger Paint

Homemade Finger Paint

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
  • Pot


  • 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.

Have you made your own finger paint before?


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  • Marysa
    10/22/2019 11:53 am

    I would have never thought to make my own finger paint! It sounds like a fun project to do, plus you can customize the paint however you like as far as color and type of dye.

  • Kim
    10/22/2019 2:04 pm

    Ooh so you taught me something new. I didn’t know you could make fingerpaint at home lol

  • Jasmine Hewitt
    10/22/2019 4:46 pm

    perfect timing I needed a recipe for this for my son!

  • Rachel
    10/22/2019 5:40 pm

    Homemade finger paint is such a good idea. They go through so much and it feels so wasteful.

  • Ainsley
    10/22/2019 8:16 pm

    How neat! I love DIY projects and kids can help make the paint then use it!

  • Gilda Campos
    10/22/2019 10:12 pm

    Excellent activity to do this season with my daughters. Thank you for the recipe!

  • vidya
    10/23/2019 5:53 am

    love this idea.. and will share it friends too

  • Maria Yakimchuk
    10/23/2019 2:45 pm

    This is an awesome activity. I like how simple it is to make and all ingredients you have in your home already.

  • Rikki Ridgeway
    10/23/2019 3:46 pm

    I am in shock, I didn’t think to make my own fingerpaint. I’ll have to give this idea a go. Thanks for the tip!

  • Jackline A
    10/24/2019 5:46 pm

    Great idea to make safe finger paint for kids. I will have to try this recipe. Looking for more activities to do with my daughter.

  • Aliya
    10/24/2019 8:23 pm

    I haven’t had the courage of letting my daughter finger paint yet. I don’t need a masterpiece on any of my walls. But, now that’s she’s getting older I’m definitely going to try this out. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sarah
    10/28/2019 4:22 pm

    Fun I love painting with my kids

  • Brittany
    10/28/2019 8:57 pm

    This looks and sounds like a lot of fun. My daughter would love to do finger painting! Especially if she made it! We made playdough and she thought it was the BEST!!!

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