Sense of Touch Reverse Finger Painting

Who doesn’t love finger paint?  For this one I mixed it up a little and we painted straight on the table. . . FUN!!!  I usually use plain tempera paint, but just for you I found an actual finger paint recipe.  Well, I found more than one, because the first one we tried was not a success and lucky Little M was delighted to finger paint two days in a row!

what you need: cornstarch ~ sugar ~ salt ~ cold water ~ food coloring ~ paper

To make the finger paint I used  recipe #3 from playingandlearning you will need:

1/2 cup cornstarch
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups cold water
food coloring


In a medium pan, mix all the ingredients together to make the finger paint. Cook over low heat 10 to 15 minutes. Keep stirring the finger paint mixture until it is smooth and thick. After the finger paint has thickened take the pan off the stove and let the mixture cool.

After cooling, divide the finger paint into storage containers depending on how many colors you would like. Add a few drops of food coloring to each container. Stir the coloring in to the paint to determine the shade of color. You’re ready to finger paint! Cover tightly when storing.

This container worked perfect for separating the finger paints.  It’s a tray for tempera blocks which make the BEST watercolors, but that’s for another project ;).  Don’t you just love Little M’s expression?  She couldn’t wait to dive it.

We used the kids little table but you could use any table,  it wiped right up and didn’t leave a stain.  ***please test it before letting your kids go wild on your expensive dinner table!***  Once you have the perfect spot, ask your little one to paint a picture on the table.  Little M’s picture looked like this. . .
Yes, she did start with six colors. . . you saw that right?  No, it didn’t take me a while to grab the camera.  She mixed them up before they even hit the table.  Amazing what a mixer she is.  For this activity I really wanted to show you what the possibilities are, so even though Little M experienced it fully in her own artistic way, I quietly made my own.  Please, please, please remember process is so much more important than product and let your kids explore this one without worrying about the final look!

Paint a picture on the table.






Lay a piece of paper over the art and press down with your hand.




Gently pull up paper to reveal your pressed painting!




Tips: 1.  I left the paint setting out to cool longer than I should have and it hardened up a little.  I just stirred it with my finger and it was softened right up.  2.  I used butcher paper, I cut large and small pieces.  You can use any type of paper for this.

Questions: “What do you think will happen to the paper when I press it into the paint?” “What words would you use to describe how the finger paint feels?”

Do you have any good finger painting recipes?  Leave me a comment, Little M would be so excited to try it out!


About Jillian

I love to create. I have tried many different mediums; sewing, cake decorating and storytelling are some of my very favorites. I have been a stay at home mom for 5 years (with a brief part time job somewhere in there.) Before I became a Mommy, I was co owner and teacher of a home family child care. I plan to jump right back into teaching preschool as soon as my kids are in school.
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4 Responses to Sense of Touch Reverse Finger Painting

  1. I am so happy you had success using a recipe included in my blog! Thanks so much for the pictures, they are gorgeous!

  2. Pingback: and the WINNER is. . . | amomwithalessonplan

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