Research has shown that artistic activities are important for brain development in early childhood. In this sense, finger painting is one of the most meaningful sensory games in which children learn about their senses. In this way, the sense of touch, taste, hearing and sight are developed in an entertaining way.
How can you make finger paints yourself?
What are the advantages of finger painting and how can you make finger paints for your children yourself? We’ll tell you about that below. Stick with it and be ready to experiment …
Fun for young and old
The finger paints for children must be edible
What are the advantages of finger painting?
Games without set rules, such as finger painting, are very important for the development of every child. This helps the body and brain integrate information and is also a relaxing and creative way to express feelings.
Finger painting supports child development
Finger painting is a simple activity that has physical, creative, and social benefits for babies, toddlers, and children. Below are some of these benefits:
- Children learn how colors work, especially mixing primary colors.
- Finger painting is good for sensory integration.
- The senses of hearing, feeling, smelling and tasting are developed.
- Finger painting improves fine motor development and strengthens the finger and hand muscles.
- The focus falls on the process and not on the finished product.
- It has a therapeutic effect as feelings are expressed without words.
- Develops social skills – sharing paint pots, alternating, working together are all good social experiences.
- Stimulates creativity and imagination.
- When finger painting is done on the floor, the children use balance, great muscle control and spatial awareness.
- Develops communication and language skills when done as a group activity.
Baby painting with fingers
Make finger paints yourself
Homemade edible finger paints are perfect for babies 6-18 months old, as well as toddlers and children. It’s also a great way to have their first time experiences.
Give your toddler a chance to experiment with colors
It’s super easy to implement this homemade edible finger paint recipe. Ingredients are used that can be found in your own closet. The paint is safe for children to put in their mouths and has no taste. It’s neither cute nor sticky and has a wonderfully smooth texture. So this homemade finger paint for kids is perfect for sensory finger paint games!
You can make edible finger paints yourself in no time at all
Edible finger paint recipe
- 4 tablespoons of corn flour (corn starch)
- Cold water
- 1 cup of boiling water
- Liquid food coloring
In a medium-sized saucepan, mix the cornstarch with enough cold water to form a paste. The mixture shouldn’t be too runny.
Pour a cup of boiling water into it and stir thoroughly to prevent lumps from forming.
DIY finger paints
Set the stove to medium heat and keep mixing. The mix begins to change. As soon as you realize this, turn off the stove and keep stirring. The mixture will begin to thicken and turn into a wonderful, pudding-like consistency.
Spoon the same amount into empty glasses, cups or containers and add food coloring. For each color we add 3 drops of yellow, green, red and blue. For orange, you can use 1 drop of red and 2 drops of yellow. And for purple add 1 drop of blue and 2 drops of red.
Flour mixture with a few drops of food coloring
Your homemade finger paints are now ready and you can store them in the refrigerator covered with cling film for up to 2 weeks. There is no preservative in this finger paint recipe. Therefore, it is important to double-check that the paint has not expired before giving it to children.
Tip: When the mixture has hardened in the refrigerator, you can smooth the color again by adding boiling water or by storing it for a few hours at room temperature.
Children are naturally creative