A great alternative to bought paint this is non toxic and washes off little hands (and faces!) easily


  • 4 table spoons cornflour
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • cold water
  • liquid food colouring
  • extra hot water


  1. In a medium saucepan, mix the cornflour with enough cold water to make a paste. (Not too runny).
  2. Pour in 1 cup of boiling water and stir thoroughly so there are no lumps. I used a whisk at this point to ensure no lumps
  3. Turn on medium heat on the stove and mix continually for around 30 seconds or until it starts to thicken. Once you see this, turn off the heat and continue stirring.
  4. I then added hot water bit by bit, and stirring it using a whisk the whole time until it became like a custard consistency
  5. Spoon equal amounts into empty jars, cups or containers and add food colouring. Mixing until completely combined

Notes... You can keep for a couple of days, but keep in mind it doesn’t have preservatives in it so will go bad. Make sure it’s still ok before giving to children to use – especially if they are young and will try to put in their mouths

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  • Mum2archer
    • 04 Jan 2018
      12:23 pm

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  • A natural and safe play paint


  • Just what I need as some of the other paints are getting hard to come off.


  • With a 18month old we call Devil or Menace, this is the perfect activity to undertake with him and his 4yo brother!!


  • If you use gluten free cornflour (some cornflour is made with wheat in it) it won’t matter if children with coelic disease or wheat allergy lick their fingers before washing their hands very thoroughly.


  • Using this for this school holidays :)


  • I’ve copied this out fir when my grandson visits in December. Lots of mess and fun to be had I’m sure


  • Well done these are wonderful and the colours delightful. Great creative play. thanks sooo much.


  • Love that this is non toxic


  • What a fantastic idea. Perfect for little ones who love to put things in there mouth.


  • This is genius! Especially the fact that they can put it in their mouths (even though we tell them not too!!!)


  • I like the sound of this paint for my littlie, and so easy to make!

    • Love the colours, all different and beautiful


  • Thanks for sharing, this will be good for my youngest who has Down Syndrome ! She literally eats anything and everything.


  • My grandson will absolutely love using this! And I’ll love making it


  • A fun and creative project for the young ones,thanks!


  • What a great idea! I wish I were a member of this comm when my daughter was young!!

    • Never too old to play with paints – paint goes across all ages. :)


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