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					Finger Paints
Finger paints are a fun, creative, tactile activity for preschoolers that provide time to
experiment, discover a different medium. Ways to play with finger-paints… You can put
the bowls and either: provide children with their own shallow bowl and allow them to
mix colors with their hands, or ... substitutes a ziploc bag for a bowl (zip it for the child),
and let them watch the colors ooze and blend. Encourage children to finger paint with
the colors, dipping fingers in various colors as needed.

 Remember to provide smocks or old clothes if concerned about staining. (May also want
to cover the table!)

 Ask children what they notice, how it feels, what happened when they added one color
to another, etc. (Be sure to allow quiet time to just experience too!)

No Cooking Finger Paints
Finger-paint from Eclectic Homeschool

1/4 cup Cornstarch
 2 cups Cold water
 Food coloring

 Mix ingredients in saucepan. Boil until mixture thickens. Let paint cool and pour into
containers. You can double the recipe adding the food coloring later to get more than one
color.


Edible Finger Paint #1 (borrowed from Teacher Annie)

 1 cup Flour
 1 cup cool water
 3 cups boiling water
 Food coloring.

Mix the flour and cool water in a cooking pot. Gradually pour in the boiling hot water.
Place on stove, and continue to stir constantly until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat.
Stir in food coloring, and allow to cool. (If you would like to have multiple colors,
separate the mix into different bowls before adding colors!)

 Can be stored for one or two days in the refrigerator.

 Play:

 This "paint" is totally edible and therefore PERFECT for toddlers to finger-paint with!
Be aware however that food coloring can potentially stain. So dress appropriately!
Bright Finger Paint
Pour 1 T soap powder, 1/4-cup liquid starch, and 1/3-1/2 cup water into blender.
Gradually add 1-LB can powdered paint. Blend until smooth.
This recipe is good for very bright colors.


Soap Powder Finger Paint
Beat together 1/2-cup liquid starch, 1/2-cup soap powder, and 5/8-cup water until the
consistency of mashed potatoes.

Liquid Soap Finger Paint
Mix together 1/4-cup liquid soap (NOT detergent) and 1-cup liquid starch. Sprinkle
powdered tempera into this until it is the desired color.
Use this mix on a smooth washable surface.

Soap Flakes Finger Paint
Mix together 1 cup dry laundry starch, 1 cup cold water, and 3 cups soap flakes for a
quick, no-cook finger-paint. The texture will not be as smooth and thick as the cooked
kind.


Cooked Finger Paints
Flour Finger Paint #1
Mix 2 cups flour and 4 cups cold water. Cook over low heat until thick. Cool. Add a
pinch of salt and food coloring or tempera powder. Store in a covered jar in the
refrigerator.

Flour Finger Paint #2
Mix 1-cup flour and 1 cup cold water and stir until smooth. Bring 3 cups water to a boil
and gradually add the flour/water mix to the boiling water, stirring constantly. Bring to a
boil again. Add powdered tempera or food coloring.

Cornstarch Finger Paint #1
Gradually add 4 cups cold water to 6 teaspoons cornstarch and stir until smooth. Cook the
mixture over low heat until it is clear and the consistency of pudding. Add tempera for
color.

Cornstarch Finger Paint #2
Gradually add 2 cups cold water to 1-cup cornstarch and stir until smooth. Bring 2 quarts
water to a boil and slowly add the water/cornstarch mixture to the water, stirring
constantly. Cook until clear and thick. Add 1/2-cup soap powder, a few drops of glycerin,
and food coloring and stir until smooth.

Laundry Starch Finger Paint #1
Dissolve 2/3-cup dry laundry starch or cornstarch in 1-cup cold water. Smooth lumps and
add 3 cups boiling water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thickened and clear but
not more than one minute. Add 1 T glycerin, 1-cup ivory soap flakes or 2 T liquid soap,
and calcimine pigment or food coloring. Use on glazed paper, newsprint, wrapping paper,
or washable surface.

Snow Paint Variation
To 1 cup of the above finger-paint add 1 T white tempera paint or 1 1/2 cups soap powder
or flakes, 1 cup hot or warm water, and 1 t glycerin and whip with an egg beater.

Laundry Starch Finger Paint #2

Put 1-cup dry laundry starch or 1 cup cornstarch in a large pan. Add 1-cup cold water
gradually, stirring until there are no lumps. Bring 4 cups water to a boil and stir into the
starch/water mix. Cook over medium heat until clear, stirring constantly. When mix
thickens, add 1-cup soap flakes and 1/4 cup talcum powder. Remove from heat and beat
with an eggbeater until smooth and thick. Store in a plastic container in the refrigerator.

Laundry Starch Finger Paint #3

In a pan gradually add 1/2-cup cold water to 1-cup dry laundry starch stirring until
smooth. Add 1 1/2 cups boiling water, stirring quickly and constantly. Add 3/4 cup
powdered detergent and stir until smooth. You do not need to cook this recipe any
further.


Pudding Paint (Edible)
Pudding!
Food coloring optional.

 Simply prepare pudding according to directions. Chocolate pudding works great for this
activity, but you can use other types and add food coloring if desired.

 Some people turn the child loose on a clean table or high chair tray, while others
provide a large sheet of paper. Wax paper could be used also, or a clean cookie sheet.
Play Paint! Eat! Discuss!

Edible Kool-Aid Finger Paint
Mix 2 cups flour, 2 packs unsweetened Kool-Aid or other drink mix powder, and 1/2-cup
salt. Add 3 cups boiling water and 3Tbls. Vegetable oil. Mix well until workable
consistency and use.
Edible Jell-O Finger Paint
Mix any flavor Jell-O with a small amount of boiling water. Continue adding water until
it is the right consistency for finger paint. Paint on glossy or finger-paint paper as you
would with regular finger-paints. Smells and feels good.


Rainbow Stew & Finger-paint (Borrowed from Teacher Annie)

 1 cup sugar
 12 cups water
 1 & 1/2 boxes of cornstarch
 Various food colors

 Mix sugar and water in saucepan. Heat on low and slowly mix in
 cornstarch. Continue stirring until well mixed -- make take a while!
 Cool in separate bowls and add a different color to each one.


Kool-Aid Finger Paint
Mix 2 cups flour, 2 packs unsweetened Kool-Aid or other drink mix powder, and 1/2 cup
salt. Add 3 cups boiling water and 3Tbls. vegetable oil. Mix well until workable
consistency and use.

Jell-O Finger Paint
Mix any flavor Jell-O with a small amount of boiling water. Continue adding water until
it is the right consistency for finger-paints. Paint on glossy or finger-paint paper as you
would with regular finger paints. Smells and feels good.

				
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