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Make your own basic paints for children, either for making arts and crafts or for costume face paint fun.

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Nontoxic home made art recipes for kids,

Here are our favorite recipes for child-safe home made paints. 

Basic Art Paint Recipe

3 tbs. sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 cups cold water
food coloring

Mix sugar and cornstarch in pan.
Add water; stir.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly.
Mixture will boil, then thicken.
Cook about 5 mins. Remove from heat; cool.

Separate into 4-5 cups. Add food coloring a drop at a time. Add a drop of dish detergent in each cup to make clean-up a breeze.

Paint on paper, cardboard or posterboard using fingers, swabs, brushes, or sponges.

Sticky Finger Paint Mix

For very young toddlers you'll find this finger paint recipe as smearable and messy as the commercial finger paints, but much safer if they lick their fingers.

Combine a small amount of natural food color (available at health food stores) with a couple tablespoons of corn syrup. Mix well to blend in the color, then let kids paint.

Simple Face Paint

1 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. water
1/2 tsp. cold cream
food coloring

Use this face paint without the food coloring as a base for more elaborate makeup.

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