Fingerpainting is fun for all ages and is said to also be therapeutic (note to self, try fingerpainting before therapy). Store-bought paints can be expensive when you consider how much paint you end up using for a single session and you are also are limited to just a handful of colours. One simple solution is to make your own finger paints, that way you will know exactly what is in them and you can make every colour under the rainbow! Homemade finger paints are not only non-toxic but are also extremely simple to make.

What you will need… 

• 3 cups water
• 1 cup cornflour
• food colouring
• a saucepan

What you need to do…

1. Add the water to the saucepan and bring it to boil over a medium heat. Remove from the stove.
2. Dissolve the cornflour in a small amount of cold water and then add it to the hot water, stirring constantly.
3. Boil the concoction for approximately one minute or until it appears clear and thick with a smooth texture.
4. Separate small amounts of the mixture into pots or jars and add the desired food colouring. Mix well.

Adding a tablespoon of glycerine to the paint mixture before separating will give the paints a lovely glossy look and the colours you create are only limited to the number of storage pots or jars you have! It’s best to store the paints in the fridge as they may spoil in warm weather and will make it extra fun if they’re nice and chilly on a hot day.