Time to Create: edible fingerpaint recipe

I have always wanted to try making edible paint so I was excited to discover that the recipe for edible fingerpaint was included in the brand new book Time to Create: Hands-On Explorations in Process Art for Young Children by Christie Burnett of Childhood 101

Time to Create edible finger paint shared by Teach Preschool

Throughout Christie’s brand new book, she shares advice on areas of art that include creating spaces for art in your home, organizing art materials, displaying children’s art, storing artwork, and supporting children’s creativity. Two of my favorite sections that Christie shares later in the book is on setting the stage for creating and asking good questions…

“Asking good questions encourages children to think beyond the obvious, and in the process they practice using higher-order thinking skills such as problem solving, brainstorming, creating, thinking critically, analyzing, and evaluating.” ~Christie Burnett, p. 101

Christie’s book is filled with beautifully illustrated art processes that span all across the creative spectrum.  The broad range of processes in this 128 page book of art include: drawing; painting; printmaking; collage; sculpture; textiles; digital photography; and working outdoors with natural materials.

Edible Fingerpaint

Because I have an infant and a toddler running around here much of the time, I went in search of an activity that I could try with my two grandsons. Right away, I found the recipe for edible fingerpaint and decided to give it a try…

Time to Create by Christie Burnett

The recipe calls for…

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cup of water
  • food color

Simply mix the cornstarch and water together in a saucepan. Stir constantly over a low heat until the mixture thickens and allow to cool. Divide the mixture into separate containers and add food color to your smooth and squishy edible fingerpaint.

Time to Create by Christie Burnett

You will want to make sure your edible fingerpaint is cool before sharing it with your child but once it has cooled, then the fingerpainting can begin…

Time to Create by Christie Burnett

Although this fingerpaint really is edible, I don’t recommend serving it up to your child by the spoonful or he might decide that eating it looks just as good as painting with it…

Time to Create by Christie Burnett

If you would like more information about Christie’s new book, you can hop over to  Childhood 101 to read more!  Christie’s book, Time to Create: Hands-On Explorations in Process Art for Young Children is available to purchase internationally on Amazon, The Book DepositoryFishpond and Barnes & Noble.!

Available on Amazon


Want to know more about Time to Create? Keep an eye on the following blogs for upcoming stops along our international blog tour…

Picklebums . An Everyday Story . Learn With Play At Home . Octavia & Vicky . Sesame Ellis . Nurturestore . Simple Kids . Our Everyday Things . Rainbows Within Reach . Teach Preschool . At Home With Ali . Go Explore Nature . Not Just Cute . Lessons Learnt Journal . PreK+K Sharing The Imagination Tree

Time to Create by Christie Burnett

Disclosure: I received one copy of Time to Create: Hands-On Explorations in Process Art for Young Children from Christie so that I could write this post. Thank you Christie for sharing your book with me!

By |2013-07-24T06:00:26+00:00July 24th, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Tammy July 24, 2013 at 8:08 am - Reply

    An easier way, but maybe a less fun process for the kids 😉 is to use corstarch, water, and food color. I get out cereal bowls and fill about half way with corn starch. Then I add water a little at a time until I get the consistancy I want adding a few drops of food color. Take it to the sudewalk and you have made a quick and fun sidewalk chalk.

  2. Naghmeh July 26, 2013 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Hi dear Deborah,
    I guess it will be fun.
    Last week, I tried baking soda and vinegar, the one I found in your archive and my son really loved it and also I translated it for my friends in my blog.
    Would you please tell me how should we keep this fingerprint, I mean does it need refrigerator?
    And Can we keep it for long time or not?
    thanks a lot

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 26, 2013 at 9:39 am - Reply

      Hi Neghmeh,
      The fingerpaint wont last very long and it probably should be refrigerated if you plan to keep it for awhile. I would only make as much as you need as you need it.


  3. Sophie August 11, 2013 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    Does this stain? clothes or hands?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 11, 2013 at 7:23 pm - Reply

      Not in my experience. Once the color is mixed in completely, there is no staining.

Leave A Comment

This site uses 'cookies' to give you the best, most relevant experience. Using the website means you're OK with this. Ok