the recipe for home made, baby safe paint popped up on my facebook page yesterday, and i thought it sounded like an excellent way for my curious, creative, tactile boy and i to spend a morning.

and it’s just as well we used this instead of shop bought paint for our first foray into finger-painting. because he couldn’t help but taste a bit. he is a one year old, you know?

pleasingly, i had all the required ingredients in the pantry…

baby safe finger paint

1/2 cup corn flour
2 cups water
3 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
food colouring in desired colours


  • combine all ingredients in a small saucepan
  • whisk over medium heat until it thickens to the consistency of a nice gluggy paint
  • divide into three bowls, and add food colouring
  • unleash creativity!
the first thing arty did was stick his hands in the paint, and then squidge it around in his little fists. he loved the sensation, and the squelching noise it made.
i helped him put his hands on the paper the first few times, and he was very interested in the marks they left. he was flapping around independently in no time.
the food colouring does stain clothes, so i’d suggest either doing it in the nude, or wearing something old, or that’s almost been grown out of.
it also stains skin a little bit, but will wash off after one or two good baths.
i would definitely suggest making this an outdoor activity if you have the space, or doing it on an easily wipe-able surface if you need to stay indoors.
is it messy? definitely.
is it worth it? completely.
arty and i give this activity two (slightly blue-green tinged) thumbs up as a great creative activity, and a fantastic example of sensory play.