Edible Finger Paint

I love being creative and I especially love when I can get my little Possum creative too. This type of paint is wonderful because it’s non-toxic, unlike those that claim to be but still include weird numbers in the ingredients. 

So let’s make our own EDIBLE FINGER PAINT!!!!!


Making your own finger paint can be a great activity to do with children.

The basics you will need are – 

1/4 cup cornflour
4 tablespoons white sugar
food colouring
2 tbsp water (add more if required)

In a pot mix together the sugar and the cornflour. Add a splash of water and mix over a medium heat. Depending on your mixture, add more water or cornflour until you have a smooth and rather stiff consistency. 
I separated my mixture into small containers and added 4 drops of food colouring to each. I probably suggest not to add any more drops because it may start to stain fingers. 

I added a few finger scoops of each onto a large page of paper. Possum was very interested to touch (and taste!) the finger paint. I modelled (or demonstrated) how the mixture could be spread across the page. 

This is such a great sensory activity for babies

Possum loved opening and closing her hand and feeling the texture between her fingers. Gorgeous!
And here is Possum’s very first art piece!!! 
I’m such a proud mummy. 

N.B. This type of paint will not last forever as it is made from food items. It should last 5-10 days. I suggest if you wish to keep the artwork, take a photograph and have it blown up onto a canvas. How adorable!! :) 

I hope you and your little one enjoy this activity. 

Kate x

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  1. says

    Out of curiosity, will the resulting artwork mold at all over time? I’d like to share this with a friend of mine, but wanted to check that the artwork is something she could keep?

    • says

      Hi Alyria,

      Unfortunately this will not act like store-bought paint and will go moldy over time. You can always do this activity, take a photograph and then have it blown up as a canvas. That’s what I did and I have a lasting memory of her first painting. Best wishes with it.

  2. says

    I have used applesauce adding a bit of food coloring and let my kids finger paint at their high chair. The idea here is the process not the product…giving kids hands-on opportunities to explore the world! So fun!

    • says

      Absolutely! There are so many great ways that you can make finger paint safe for children. I love the idea about the applesauce. Yes, I have posted about the process of making it. Thanks for your comment. :)

  3. says

    I make an assortment of edible finger paints even though my daughter doesn’t eat it. I just use what I have aroun the house at that time. With that said, what I’ve started doing is putting foil over the table and then just letting her have some sensory fun. That way she has a good time, the mess is easy to clean and I don’t worry about saving anything. I do like to save her paintings too, but I just save that for paint that will keep. I always love seeing others projects and ideas though so thanks for sharing! 😉 – via Pinterest

  4. says

    I am from india. i love ur ideas and experiments. and for the first time i had time to experiment one of urs. iam buy with my 1 yr old. i made the colours at home but instead of using food colours i used natural colours like beetroot juice, tamarind powder.

    Thank u and all the best.

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  6. Margaret says

    Loved this idea. My granddaughter is blind and loves to smell and taste what she is doing, so come Easter time I will have my grand children out in the garden finger painting.

  7. Jessica says

    I love this idea! I just made this but instead of water I used Motts Applejuice to add flavor 😉 then I divided it up and added the color like you said. I had extra so I froze some in an ice cub tray. I’m hoping that I can de-thaw and use for future use.

  8. Brittney says

    Hi Kate! This is a great idea, I have tried making this one time and followed your recipe exactly, adding extra water as needed, but mine completely solidified! Oh no! Is there something I missed? Thanks :)

  9. Rose says

    Hi, i tried to make this recipe, but the cornflour (cornstarch) acted weirdly. If i add a bit more water it liquefies. A bit more cornstarch and it solidifies. I thought i was doing a science project. I hold it in my hands and it becomes like a dough. I put it back and it melts down! I’m pretty sure it’s the cornstarch I’m using. I live in Canada. Do you think trying another brand might make a difference or all the cornstarch here will be different from yours?

      • Rose says

        Thank you for the fast reply. Actually i saw the other edible finger paint, but i decided to try this since i got all the ingredients and i don’t have condensed milk, but I’ll definitely give it a try!
        The one that i made wasn’t wasted after all! We had so much fun messing our hands, floor, walls you name it :)


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