"There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot." (Aldo Leopold) Apparently, I cannot.

Too Tired to Try Tuesday: 3 Kinds of Homemade Finger Paints

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If you cringed when you saw the craft for this week, don’t worry, I’m right there with you. Deem me a terrible mom if you want, but I loathe doing a lot of crafts–not because I don’t like crafts, but because I despise the cleanup. Let’s face it, when it’s all said and done, usually your kid is a mess, your work area is a mess, and you are a mess.

But I’m starting to embrace the mess. And I realize that part of the fun for kids doing crafts is the mess. So this week’s craft is full of mess . . . . homemade finger paints. (Mess, mess, mess, mess, mess. Have I used that word enough yet? It’s starting to sound funny now when I say it.)

There are three different paint recipes to try: 1) a cornflour/cornstarch recipe, 2) a plain flour finger paint recipe, and, I quote, 3) a “best ever” homemade finger paint recipe.


So this is a pic of shaving cream paint I made for my kids last summer. They were easy to make, and easy to clean up–I actually had them paint in the tub (lol)–but they did stain. Why am I using this pic here, then, if it doesn’t have anything to do with the 3 homemade paint recipes I’m sharing in this post? Well, I needed a picture of homemade paints, and this was all I had. (Plus it shows I CAN be crafty.)

I picked these particular recipes because

  • They promise to only require “common and cheap household ingredients” and “very little time and effort” (You know I’m already on board with the “little time and effort” part!)
  • Only safe ingredients are used, so you can make these paints with even your youngins
  • They claim to be “easy to clean” and “completely washable” and apparently “do not stain clothes”

This site also suggests some fun variations to try when making your paints, like changing the consistency with dishwashing liquid and adding textures and scents.

So, if you want to get a little messy with your wild things, click here to try one (or all) of the recipes.

And don’t worry, if you don’t want to get too too messy, you can click here for suggestions for how to reduce the mess before, during, and after painting.

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)

Author: Mamma Wild Thing

I'm a mamma to four little wild things and can't imagine life any other way. (Well, most days.)

One thought on “Too Tired to Try Tuesday: 3 Kinds of Homemade Finger Paints

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