Fingerpaint Recipes

Basic Fingerpaint

  • 1 c flour
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 c cold water

In a saucepan, heat mixture, then gradually add 5 cups more water and cook until thick.  Add food coloring as desired.  This is flexible, leather-like, non-chip finger paint, but it takes a long time to cook.

Clear Fingerpaints with Paint Shakers


  • Clear fingerpaint or liquid starch
  • shaker jars with powder paint
  • paper
  • newspaper to cover table, aprons


  1. Cover table with newsprint.  Put aprons on.
  2. Give child a dab of clear fingerpaint or liquid starch, and ask that (s)he put it on the paper.
  3. Allow child to choose a shaker and shake powder on the fingerpaint, then mix it with his/her hands.
  4. Allow child to try different colors and mixing them together.  Provide more fingerpaint or liquid starch as needed.

Chocolate Pudding Fingerpaint


  • Instant Pudding (Chocolate, Vanilla, Butterscotch, Pistachio, etc.)
  • Milk
  • Whisk or jars with lids for shaking (to mix pudding)
  • Spoon(s)
  • Paper


  1. Child prepares pudding according to box directions or with less milk, for thicker paint.
  2. Spoon a little pudding on the paper and fingerpaint!  This is a wonderful paint, as it is entirely edible!


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