Making paint

Paint can be used in most art experiments, from painting an image to decorating a creation. Finger painting also provides a sensory experience for children as they use the ‘feel’ of the paint to create layers and textures.

Soap flakes finger paint

What you need:

  • 1-2 cups of warm water
  • 1 cup soap flakes
  • food colouring or powder paint*

*Powder paint is not suitable if your child may eat the dough.

What to do:

  1. Add water to soap flakes and beat until stiff.
  2. Colour with powder paint or food colouring.


Cornflour-based paint

What you need:

  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • ¼ -1/3 cup of cold water
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • food colouring or powder paint*
  • disinfectant

*Powder paint is not suitable if your child may eat the dough.

What to do:

  1. Mix cornflour to a smooth paste with cold water.
  2. While stirring, gradually add boiling water until mixture thickens.
  3. Leave to cool (the mixture will thicken more as it cools, but should still pour easily).
  4. Add colouring and a few drops of disinfectant.

Mixture will keep in the refrigerator for about a week.

Image Using yoghurt tubs to hold homemade paint for art activities

Published — 30 August 2016 Last updated — 04 November 2016

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