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DIY Baby Safe Paint

Updated on March 21, 2017
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Everybody likes drawing with finger paints. We started our introduction to finger paints at the age of 10 months and still like it a lot. The interest and desire haven’t disappear, but became just stronger.

At first we drew with the store bought paints, but recently we tried to make DIY baby safe finger paint. We tried several recipes, but this one worked best for us.

Baby Safe Finger Paint Recipe


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1.5 cup water
  • 7 tablespoons salt
  • 1.5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • food color


Mix salt and flour and add a thin stream of water. Don’t forget to mix the liquid in order not to receive the lumps in there (you can also mix it with the mixer or blender). Add vegetable oil.

The consistence of the fluid should look like liquid our cream. In case it is too thin, add more flour; if it’s too thick, add water.

The next step is to pour the future paints to containers and to add to each one its food color.

And they’re ready! As you can see, these paints are really easy to do yourself!

Video: Making Baby Safe Finger Paint

Finger Paint Advantages For Baby Development

The finger paint has a lot of advantages in terms of education and development. With the help of paint, children:

  • develop fine motor skills;
  • develop imagination and creative thinking;
  • discover geometrical shapes, by drawing them;
  • learn colors mixing the paints;
  • develop sensory and tactile feelings, by drawing with fingers.

Although these pros about development are really important, the pleasure and delight that a child gets from the art and painting can't be underestimated as well. I’m totally convinced that the main value of painting is the ability for a child to embody his impressions on a paper.

Baby Painting Methods

The baby learns about himself and the environment by trying different painting methods. These methods are: painting with a fist, semi-opened fist, palms, and fingers. What can be more interesting and entertaining for a child?


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