Finger painting is an easy and enjoyable way of stimulating a toddler’s or a baby’s creativity, even if they’re still trying to taste everything. This means that you don’t necessarily have to wait for your kid’s all front teeth to grow before you offer him an easel or at least some drawing paper.

And it has many advantages: it’s cheap, fun and will help you entertain your child while stimulating his creativity at the same time.

So here are a few recipes for homemade edible finger paint :

1. Ingredients for homemade edible finger paint :
Food colouring

Start by mixing 2 spoons of sugar and 1/3 of a cup of flour in a saucepan that can be set directly over the burner.
Pour 2 cups of water on top and whisk until all lumps have been removed.
Keep the mixture over the burner and stir until it thickens.
When it has gained the consistency of paint, remove the pan from the burner, put out the fire and split the composition into equal parts in a few plastic cups, depending on how many colours you want to create.
In each cup add a few drops of food colouring and mix thoroughly, until it is properly dissolved.
Don’t forget to let the dye cool properly until you allow your children to play with it, as Liz Stanley, the author of and this particular recipe, suggests.

2. Ingredients:

3 spoons of sugar
1/2 spoon of salt
1/2 cup of corn starch
2 cups of water
Food colouring

Pour all the ingredients in a saucepan, place over heat while whisking until the mixture thickens.
Leave it to cool, place it in plastic containers and add a few drops of food colouring.
Mix in order to obtain edible dye for finger painting. This is my favourite recipe of ingredients for homemade edible finger paint.


3. Ingredients:

2 spoons of sugar
1/3 cup of flour
2 cups of water
Food colouring

Repeat all the steps of the previous recipe. Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan, whisk until smooth, making sure that there are no lumps, until it thickens. Leave it to cool then pour it in containers and add food colouring.


4. Ingredients:

2 cups of cold water
1/2 cup of corn starch
3 spoons of sugar
Food colouring

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and process them in a blender until smooth.
Without a blender, you can boil the mixture over low heat, stirring continuously, until it thickens.
The next step is splitting the composition in a few different containers and adding a few drops of food colouring in each. (Source:


5. For the most natural homemade edible finger paint  all you need is coloured fruits and vegetables.
Carrots for orange
Strawberry for red
Broccoli for green

Steam the vegetables until they become tender, more so than when you usually steam them for your meals.
Place them in a blender until they turn into mushy puree.
Add some water when you blend the strawberries.
All you need to find now is a proper place for your baby to experiment with these natural and healthy colours. (Source:


6. Another way of obtaining edible dye for your little painter is by using yogurt.
For this recipe you need to mix vanilla flavoured low fat yogurt with diversely flavoured food colouring, in order to obtain not only different colours, but different tastes as well.


7. You can also obtain homemade edible finger paint using only two ingredients: condensed milk and food colouring.
All you need to do is add a few drops of food colouring into each cup of condensed milk in order to obtain tasty and pretty colours.
It’s important to start from the primary colours in order to obtain the secondary ones.
For example, for orange you need to mix red and yellow food colouring, while for purple you need to mix red and blue. (Source:


8. Here is how you prepare the base for the finger paint, to which you will add the food colouring. Put 4 spoons of corn starch in a bowl and mix it with a bit of water in order to get a smooth paste.
At the same time, you need to boil some water, then slowly pour it into the mixture, while continuously whisking.
It will thicken very fast, like a white sauce.
You can make it thinner or thicker, depending on what you want to do with it.
You can keep it in your fridge and it will last up to two weeks. (Source:


9. Another very healthy and tasty option is making edible finger paint from fruit, with no other ingredients. The recipe it quite simple. Put the fruit in a blender until they turn into puree. For some three colored fun, all you need is: blueberries (for dark purple), 3 kiwis (for green) and a banana (yellow). You can enhance the colours using food colouring, but that is not really necessary. (Source:


10. Fill half of the dye container with corn starch.
Add a few drops of food colouring, water, then stir really fast in order to avoid lumps.
You should have 1 part water to 1,5 parts corn starch.
But it’s up to you, you can even add them in equal parts.
As you experiment, you will find out what is the best option for you. (Source:

What homemade edible finger paint are you using for your kid’s art experiments?