I’ve wanted to make fingerpaint for quite a while now. Friday was the end of a looooong week, and painting was just the thing we needed to push through to the end. This was super easy. At it dries, it does crack a bit if it’s thick (and what kid doesn’t use LOTS of paint?). I’ve never actually tried storebought fingerpaint, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I think we got great results and will be doing this again (and again).


  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cold water
  • food coloring


  1. In a medium saucepan, cook cornstarch, sugar, salt, and water over medium heat until smooth and thick (15-20 minutes), stirring frequently.
  2. Allow mixture to cool and divide into storage containers.
  3. Add a few drops of food coloring to each container and stir.
  4. Cover tightly when storing.

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