Homemade Frugal Fun: Washable Finger-paints

February 2010 (Winter 2010 Semeseter) 099

A allergen-free recipe for Homemade Frugal Fun! Try this out! Modified slightly/Quoted from this source.


2 tbsp sugar (this is the only time I use sugar…lol)
1/3 cup cornstarch or potato starch (or arrowroot)*
2 cups water
1/4 cup dishwashing soap
food coloring

*in the future, I will make it thicker (by adding 1 T. extra starch at a time) as after I added the soap, it became a little too runny for my tastes. Also, I don’t know if arrowroot would require the same amount or not.


“In a large sauce pan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, and water.

Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat (under adult supervision), stirring constantly until the mixture thickens into a smooth gel. Stir in the dishwashing soap.

Pour into individual containers.

Place food coloring in each container and mix while it is still warm.

Let cool, then store in the glass jars (or other container with a lid).”


  1. So where is your artwork? 🙂 Looks like fun – I know the kids would love it. Any excuse for a mess!

    • Exactly! That’s why there is no artwork! I didn’t have time take pictures of the kiddos that I was doing this with because I was too busy making sure they didn’t paint themselves and the kitchen and each other etc! It was fun (and amazingly, easy and washable) though! 🙂

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