Finger painting can be a delight to a baby's senses...the colors, the textures, the patterns!  It's a great way for both babies and school-aged children alike to explore their creative side.  Unfortunately, commercial finger paint products are usually petroleum-baed formulas that are harmful to the planet and your kids.  So here's a recipe for making homemade, eco-friendly finger paints that will delight your wallet as much as they delight your kids.


  • 1 1/2 tbls white sugar
  • 1/2 cup dry cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • 1 box of food coloring with red, green, yellow and blue
Mix the sugar, cornstarch, sale and water in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stirring constantly, gradually add a few drops at a time of food coloring until it reaches the desired colored. Continue to cook and stir for 10 minutes. The ingredients will gradually thicken from a runny consistency to a more “paint-like” consistency. Once the mixture thickens, remove the pan from heat. Once cool, transfer paint a recycled glass jar (such as a baby food jar) for storage or a recycled plastic container (such as a yogurt) for immediate use.