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    Hi,

    We made finger paints using a recipe I found on 'The Imagination Tree' blog.

    I used 1 cup corn flour, 1 cup coldwater, then added 2.5 cups boiling water. It is supposed to thicken up by stirring, but didnt, so by the time we had added more corn flour, then heated up in a pan, we ended up with a substance almost as thick as playdough, but more waxy. It did look beautiful divided into pots and dyed with food colouring, and we did manage to spread some onto paper - it may dry eventually

    I'd like to try again, does anyone have a better recipe?

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    sorry, never made edible finger paint!

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    Mine came of the net too, but I don't remember where.

    It's 3 tablespoons sugar, 3/4 cup cornflower, 2 cups water. 3 1/2 mins in the microwave and if too thick add more water.

    I' ve kept it in the fridge in a plastic soup container for over a month and with a quick stir it's been fine to use, so one batch has done four set's of four children and I have half a tub still!!

    I found that I can put it on thin, the children prefer blobs...it does dry, and some bits flake off, but that adds to the character!!

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    Never heard of edible paint before-will def have to give this a go

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    Why do you want to make edible finger paints? is it because you are worried the children will put it in their mouths? if so the nicer you make it taste the more they are going to put it in their mouths.Most children's paints are non toxic and if supervised closely will not harm a small child if they put it to their mouth. If you want a thicker paint couldn't you just add flour to ready mixed paint?
    If i have lost the plot I am sorry.

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    Because it's cheap!!!!! He he!!!

    Seriously, one of mine has sensitive skin and the homemade stuff washes off super easily, so thats one reason. Also it makes a change and the end result can be seriously funky

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    Forgot to ask-how do you colour it? Food colouring?

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    Yes the silver spoon ones don't seem to stain fingers, but the dr oetker ones seem to make stronger colours! I let the older children add the dye and then mix with a cotton bud, they enjoy the swirly pattern as out blends in. I store the spare paint uncoloured in the fridge, with a clear label so hubby doesn't mistake it for leek and potatoe soup!!!

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    I love the second link! Thank you!

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    Thanks, I've been wanting some recipes for finger paints!

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    Thanks...edible paints is something I keep meaning to do :-\ did'nt think it was as simple though tbh!

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    i did some healthy eating training and they suggested using pureed fruit and veg ..strawberries are great so they can draw and lick their fingers this introduces LO to different flavours if they are fussy eaters so kills two birds with one stone

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    We've done it with natural yoghurt coloured with food colouring. Didn't try keeping the pictures though.

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    Wow! Thanks for all the lovely responses.
    I'm looking forward to trying out the new recipes next week.

    My main reason for wanting to make edible paints is that one of my schoolies has special needs. She is at a very sensory stage of development, so loves paint etc, and puts everything in her mouth! (Taste does not really stop her - she would quite happily eat shaving foam, playdough, glue etc...)
    Other reasons include: It's fun to try something different, following recipes, problem solving, using IT to research the recipe, it washes off well, oh and it is cheap.

    Also, our pictures are dry now! The colours have remained bright and they have a lovely lumpy texture.

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