Homemade Textured Finger Paints

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Homemade Textured Finger Paints: Sensory play is a great way to get your kids exploring and learning. Exploring our world through our senses is a major part in learning and language development- for all children.

Through sensory play children are discovering and associating the world around them through what they are experiencing.

home made textured finger paints
What’s great about sensory play is that it is not something that is difficult to do. Our world is full of all sorts of things to explore through our senses that sensory play does not need to be limited to the sensory table.

This weekend the kiddos spent some time in the kitchen helping me make things like pancake muffins and chocolate mocha croissants. While exploring our spice cabinet Livia kept on asking me if she could use the spices and extracts to write a cookbook…and it got me thinking, why couldn’t she?

home made textured finger paints smear

Items Needed for Homemade Textured Finger Paints:

Our colors were the following:

Red: Fruity Pebbles
Pink: Nielsen Massey Vanilla Extract
Orange: Steak Rub
Yellow: Sugar
Green: Parsley Flakes
Blue: Cinnamon
Purple: Sprinkles

home made textured finger paints squeeze

To make your own textured finger paints is extremely easy. I filled up cupcake liners (the thicker tinfoil type) with tempra paints and then raided my kitchen for what type of textures and scents that I had available that would be fun. A couple of the textures I thought would turn out the same, but they really didn’t. Who knows what you and your kids will discover as you explore! Once we decided on what we wanted to try we simply mixed the items into our paints using a paint brush and then dumped the paints onto paper (for my little guy) and our Oriental Trading craft trays (for the older kiddos).

home made textured finger paints: Messy Fun!

Our two favorite were the parsley and the cinnamon. The parsley created an amazing texture and the cinnamon smelt fantastic. My house still has a lingering cinnamon smell a day later! The cinnamon also created a fun grainy texture that was a lot thicker than the sugar.

Livia had a blast making her cookbook!

home made textured finger paints: Making a Scented Cook Book

She was a bit hesitant about getting her hands messy, but she did eventually warm up and dig in!

Homemade Textured Finger Paints
The kinds of finger paint your child uses don't have to be limited by what you can buy. You can create the perfect textured finger paint to give your child an amazing sensory play date!
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. Tempera Paint
  2. Spices
  3. Cereal
  4. Extracts
  5. Paintbrushes
  6. Container to Mix
  1. Dish out your paint colors into separate containers.
  2. Explore your kitchen for fun textures and scents!
  3. Add the items you have found to your paints.
  4. Mix together and play!
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We absolutely adored this activity — I hope your kiddos love it as much as mine did!


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Stephanie Oswald
Austin, TX parenting blogger and early childhood intervention specialist. Mommy to three wonderfully amazing kids who is learning how to navigate my chaotic life as a parent.
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  1. Kimberly says

    This looks like a nice spring/summer day activity..you know…so I can hose the kid off in the yard :)
    I think this is a great idea. Kids love getting messy and why not get them exploring and learning at the same time. It’s the best way to get them engaged.
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  2. katrina G says

    OMG that looks like so much fun. Would have to put a tarp down in my house, but i could see my girls having a blast.

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