Monday, May 16, 2011

Homemade gel like finger paint :0)

I'm not really sure what to call this stuff... but it's pretty, easy to make, and feels neat if you use it as a finger paint. It's a great sensory tool and also great for color recognition. I got this recipe years ago from a pre-k website that I don't think even exist today. But if I ever find it I'll put a link of it up as it was very resourceful and addicting!

So to make these paints you will need (things we all have in our kitchens already, yay)
1/2 cup of cornstarch
2 1/4 cups water
Food coloring
Small pot
3 glass jars with lids

You start by mixing the cornstarch and water in a small pot with a whisk over medium heat. Stir continuously making sure to scrap the sides and bottom edges of the pot frequently. The mixture will start to thicken and turn to a gel consistency. At that point remove the pot from the heat and let cool for a couple minutes.
You can then spoon equal amounts of the gel into the jars. Add about 5-8 drops of the desired color into each jar and stir making sure to mix the colors well.
Tada!!! You have gel finger paint!!!
Here's the beautiful picture my dck's made. One of my dck's prefers not to get his hands messy so I offered paint scrapers and he was very pleased with that!


  1. That looks so pretty! We haven't made that stuff for years! I'll have to give it a try again.

  2. It was fun for them but we need to find out what kind of paper it works best on. It dried up and is flaking off now :(