One of the best things I have learned from daycare since my daughter, Myra, started a little over a month ago is all the great ideas for play and fun for her age. I don’t know if it’s the worrier in me, or maybe subconsciously I just want to keep my baby a baby forever, but I often seem to think that certain toys and activities are still too “big” for her. Like finger paint and colouring for example. I knew the day would come when we would sit down and do arts and crafts like these and I looked forward to them….it just never dawned on me that doing them at the age of 15 months would work…but it’s actually awesome!
This past Saturday was beautiful out and Myra and I were having a bit of a “girls weekend” so what better time than to try out a new non-toxic homemade finger paint recipe than on the sunny patio. I got her set up with breakfast in her seat (her favourite: greek yogurt, blended berries, and oatmeal) and I got to work on the finger-paint.
The recipe is super simple and you most likely have all the ingredients in your cupboards already:
Ingredients for Finger Paint:
2 cups cold water
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Start off by combining together the sugar and cornstarch in a small pot. Then stir in the water and heat over medium heat. You’ll want to stir frequently to prevent it from sticking to the bottom and getting clumps, especially as it starts to get warm and thicken. Remove from heat once thick (think: consistency of shampoo) – keep in mind it will continue to thicken as it cools.
Divide thickened mixture between 3-4 containers. Mix in a few drops of food colouring into each one. I prefer gel food colouring because its super concentrated so you don’t need as much, but liquid food colouring will work just fine too.
I covered the finger paint and let them completely cool before we headed outside to give them a try. They were a hit! I’ll admit it, I had to give it a taste too. I was concerned it would be too sweet and my daughter would just end up eating copious amounts of cornstarch gloop, but it’s hardly sweet at all. The taste sort of reminded me of plain uncooked pasta so nothing my daughter wouldn’t get bored of after the first initial tastes. Also – They don’t dry hard like regular paint. Once dry it has more of a squishy texture like putty but is stuck to the paper and no longer “wet”, which I thought was kinda neat!
Give it a try and if you have any feedback I’d love to hear from you below! Happy Painting!