Want a DIY, taste-safe paint recipe for kids? You’ve come to the right spot! This simple homemade flour paint recipe is surprisingly easy to make and keeps the kids entertained for hours. Plus, as a huge bonus, it’s safe for kids to put in their mouths – making it perfect for even the youngest artists!
To make the homemade flour paint, I grabbed a couple of empty and clean baby food jars. In each one, I mixed a heaping tablespoon of flour and a little more than two tablespoons of water.
I added a good squeeze of gel food coloring to each one to make bright and bold colors, but regular food coloring and liquid watercolors would work well, too.
That’s it! Easy peasy.
Painting Without Paintbrushes
My kids love adding a little variety to paint projects by ditching brushes for other things. The consistency of our homemade flour paint makes it perfect to use with these fun paintbrush alternatives:
- Pinecones and leaves – It’s always a surprise to see what we can collect on a walk.
- Matchbox cars – We dip the tires in paint and drive the car around the paper to make designs with the tire tracks. It’s a fun way to practice writing names and alphabet letters too.
- Plastic eggs – Great for stamping, scooping and pouring!
- Bubble wrap – We wrap a sheet to the kids’ little feet and start stomp painting! (You may want to try this one outside.)
- Marbles – The kids place their paper in a cake pan, dip a marble in paint and shake the pan to roll the marble from side to side.
- Q-tips – Motivating way to build fine motor skills kids need for writing later.
- Flowers – We use the stem to make thin lines or stamp fireworks with the flower petals.
- Balloons – The kiddos dip the top of the balloon in paint and stamp big circles.