Homemade Organic Finger Paints.

I found a recipe for organic finger paints after I did some search on finger paints because my grandchild was here last winter and I wanted to keep him busy and do something different.

For me was important as a concerned grandfather that the use for children don’t include chemical dyes, these organic finger paints I found to be very fascinating to young children, and is a wonderful sensory activity.

These paints can be mixed to form more colors giving children hands-on experience with color theory. Organic finger paints can also be diluted with water to be applied with a paintbrush.

kids can squish the paint in their little fingers and easily blend colors. I also found out that a 6-color set of petrochemical-free natural finger paint for kids is the best , you can feel confident that your children are safe.

Here is one kind of paints that I suggest because is hemp-based vegan paints may be used straight from the bottle KidBean

By the way they are the only recommendable fingerpaint under the Swiss Consumer Association, No. 177, 10/90, and correspond to the German Voluntary Agreement upon Finger paints.

During my search I learn a lot about hemp-based vegan products and hemp seed has been used for centuries across the world as a staple food in Asia, Europe, and the Americas and guess what... to my surprise... I found out that Canada is one of the biggest producer in the world of hemp seed. About that! just make my day!

Some background on finger paints.

They are mainly used by pre-school children. During use, considerable skin surface area comes into contact with the paint. There is also the possibility that children will lick their fingers and therefore swallow fairly large quantities of the paints. For these reasons, finger paints were the first toys for which the use of organic chemical compounds was regulated.

Standard food preservatives are not suitable for the finger paints because of the low activity in the paints, and many standard cosmetic preservatives are known allergens (e.g. pH B-esters or isothiazolinones)

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Here is the recipe. Juice dyes make terrific colors for organic finger paints (nice and mellow), and homemade finger paints include soap, which most children will spit out!

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/3 cup finely grated bar soap
  • 1/2 cups boiling water
  • Juice dyes (see below)
  • Place the cornstarch in a large bowl and stir in the water. Place the grated soap in a separate, heat-resistant bowl; add the boiling water and stir until the soap has melted; then pour the mixture into the cornstarch mixture. Stir to blend. Let the mixture rest until it has become a thick, finger-paint texture. Divide into separate bowls and stir in juice dyes for color. Makes 1 cup Self Life: 1 week refrigerated

    Juice Dyes

    Make juice dyes as concentrated as possible for the strongest color.

  • juice from 1/4 cup plant dye stuff (such as red and white onion skins, coffee, tea, walnut hulls, fresh berries) and 2 cups water (simmered together over low heat for an hour and strained, saving the juice)—or—
  • Juice from berries such as blueberries,cranberries, blackberries; beets, etc. —or—
  • Enough turmeric to make a desired yellow
  • Have some fun with finger painting:

    ( Parental Supervision is a must )

    You will Need a few things such as

  • Dish soap
  • 4 c of water
  • 1 c cornstarch
  • 6 T of sugar
  • Powdered food coloring
  • Containers for different colors also important
  • 1. Mix the sugar and cornstarch together then add water.

    2. Put it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Be very careful it might be hot!

    3. Mix it well then pour it into your containers.

    4. In each container, mix a different color of food coloring and add a few drops of dish soap.

    5. Paint some colorful pictures of your own garden then offer to help water the lawn and spend some time running through the sprinkler. You will end up wet but clean and happy:)

    Allow your children to play in the mud and get dirty; it's the best part of gardening and a sure way to get them interested in organic finger paints.

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