This is a quick and easy recipe that I have tried out with my youngest daughter. She loved it and spent ages mixing the colours and ‘painting’ in the bath. And the best part about it was that it just washed away when bath time was over leaving the bath as clean as she was! 

 You will need: 

  •  4 Tablespoons of corn flour 
  • A small amount of cold water 
  • 1 Cup of warm water 
  • Food colouring 
Edible finger Paint


Mix a small amount of cold water with the corn flour into a pan to create a smooth paste. Then stir in one cup of warm water until it is smooth. Bring to the boil whilst constantly stirring. This goes quite fast so be careful. The paste should thicken up into a ‘gloopy’ consistency. Take off the heat and divide into three pots. Add red, yellow or blue food colouring to each pot. Once mixed and cooled the finger paint is ready to go! I really recommend you let your child play with this in the bath or shower for the ultimate mess free experience. It will work on paper or even in a clear plastic bag. 

Let your child explore with the finger paint, mixing colours and making wonderful marks. It is a calming and thoroughly absorbing activity which will help to develop your child’s creativity, fine motor muscles, hand eye-coordination and control, concentration, language development and scientific curiosity. 

Jen Ten Wolde

Jen ten Wolde

Jen is the Foundation Stage 2 Year Leader at Junior School Vlaskamp. She has been teaching for 25 years and is passionate about supporting children and their families in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

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