8 homemade paint recipes for kids

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8 homemade paint recipes for kids
8 homemade paint recipes for kids

Painting is a popular activity among children, which is why we present 8 easy paint recipes to make at home.


Touch painting

This paint is surprisingly soft: it's perfect for young children, who love to paint with their little fingers.


  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • gouache or a few drops of natural dye to color a little
  • 1 cup Ivory flake soap, or Dove bar soap, finely grated

First dissolve the starch (or cornstarch) in cold water until smooth.

Then add the boiling water and stir vigorously, so that the liquid becomes smooth again. Add the flake soap and 1 tbsp. tablespoons of gouache or a few drops of coloring. Shuffle.

Classic painting

With this paint, there is no danger if the child puts his fingers in his mouth since it contains only food products.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup s alt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • Food coloring

Mix it updry ingredients, then slowly add the water, continuing to stir the mixture. Divide and add the coloring. This paint has the advantage of keeping for several months and is great for transparent surfaces. Plus, it's non-toxic.

Scratch and smell painting

The advantage of this paint is that it can be prepared in small quantities at a time and it gives off an odor, so it's more fun for the child!


  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened powdered juice, Kool-Aid style (you will need multiple flavors to make multiple colors.)
  • 1 tablespoon warm water

Using several containers or a muffin tin, divide the colors. So mix the water and the juice powder, and repeat the operation as many times as necessary, to obtain different colors. Use this mixture to paint in the same way as regular paint. Then let the artwork dry overnight. The next day, children can have fun scratching and feeling their drawings!

Gel Paint

Another version of paint made from food, so safe for children.


  • 5 cups of water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of s alt

Pour all the ingredients into a saucepan and cook for 7 minutes, stirring constantly. Let cool. When the mixture is ready, place it insmall jars and add food coloring. This paint will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks.

Finger painting

The texture of this mixture makes it the perfect paint for finger painting.


  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 cup boiling water
  • Glycerin and food coloring

In a saucepan, dissolve the cornstarch in cold water until smooth.

Then add the boiling water. Now bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer until it has the consistency of a sauce. If you wish, you can add glycerin and food coloring. Allow paint to cool completely before using.

Thick paint

For special projects that require more texture and relief, adding flour to commercial gouache will give beautiful results.


  • Flour
  • Liquid Gouache

Mix the paint and flour in a bowl. The paint should be thickened but not gooey so add a little at a time and stir. Add more if the texture is not as thick as you want. Kids will love the texture. This paint makes it possible to create very interesting reliefs on a canvas, like the imprint of a child's hand.

Jell-O Paint

This paint also smells good! The onlydanger is that once the child has tasted it, he may not want to paint with it!


  • Jell-O
  • Water

To make this fragrant and shiny paint, nothing could be simpler! Add water to your powder until you achieve the desired texture ranging from syrupy to very runny. Use this paint like a regular paint.

Body & Bath Paint

To amuse children in the bath, this shampoo-based paint will rinse well after playtime.


  • ¼ cup tearless baby shampoo
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 to 3 drops of coloring

First mix the shampoo and cornstarch in a bowl, then add a few drops of food coloring. You can use an ice cube tray to have several colors on hand.

At bath time, have fun painting on the body, with your fingers or a brush. You can also use this paint outdoors, and rinse off in the pool. This non-toxic paint can be used on the face with no problem! You can also use it to paint the shower walls.

Another outdoor activity idea: did you know that you can paint with soap bubbles?

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