Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Finger Painting!

For Mother's Day, I decided to do something special for Talinn's grandmas.  It was an opportunity for us to do something completely out of the norm.  So I made fingerpaint and Talinn created his first artwork.  And I think it turned out fabulous!

I used a recipe that I found on Pinterest and I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.  Here are the ingredients:

3 tbsp of sugar
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 cup of corn starch
2 cups of water

You just combine everything and warm the mixture on the stovetop until it thickens.  Once it does, let it cool and add the food coloring!

1) The mixture looks like this once it thickens.
2) Here is the food coloring I used.  I wanted a large variety of colors so this was the best way to go.
3) Add the food coloring and stir.
4) Create all your colors and mix well.

And then paint!  I will warn you this is a very messy project.  Your child and home will get messy but the good news is that I am still finding paint spatters around the house and they come up pretty easily.  Also as you can see I used my regular white dishes and silverware.  I just washed them really good and then tossed them in the dish machine and they came out good as new.

The hardest part was getting Talinn cleaned up!  It took a good scrubbing to get all the finger paint off him.

Also once Talinn realized he could eat the paint (although it's not the healthiest thing but probably better than pre-made finger paint), it was hard to get his hands out of his mouth!

And here's the finished project!  We made three pieces of artwork in total.  We framed two of them and sent them off to his grandmas for Mother's Day.  All in all it was a super fun activity!

I'm definitely on the search for more fun activities like this.  Any suggestions?


  1. I LOVE the look on T's face in that first picture! It looks like he's thinking, "You want me to do what? Are you sure about this, Mom?"

    Such a cute idea!

  2. aw, i love this creative new idea! and what a way to remember by hanging up the artwork in honor of mother's day ;)
    xo TJ

  3. thank you I love mine. It looks like Hydrangeas


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