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Natural Finger Painting

Natural Finger Painting
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Miss Lauren

Outback Lead Educator @ Clarence St

Introducing a sophisticated foray into the realm of artistic expression, tailored exclusively for the discerning young artist. Meticulously crafted using nature’s own palette, our DIY finger paint experience infuses eco-consciousness with creativity.

Harnessing the pure, rich hues of beetroot, pumpkin, spinach, and blueberries, this activity is a delicate blend of science and art. Each step, from concocting the cornflour base to extracting nature’s colors, is designed to cultivate both sensory exploration and cognitive development.

We encourage our young connoisseurs to immerse themselves in this tactile journey, but remember, while the aromatic allure of these paints might tempt they are crafted for canvas, not consumption!

What you will need: 

Alright, budding Picassos, let’s gather our paint-making treasures! Nature has gifted us with beautiful colours, and with just a few items, we’ll have our paint palette ready:

  • Silky cornflour
  • Refreshing water
  • Vibrant beetroot juice
  • Glowing pumpkin juice
  • Lush spinach juice
  • Sweet blueberries juice
  • A handy cold press juicer or Nutribullet
  • A saucepan (our magical cauldron!)


Time to don your wizard hat, because we’re about to concoct some delightful paint:

  1. Begin with a sprinkle of magic: Add a cup of cornflour and half a cup of cold tap water to your saucepan. Whisk them together, dreaming of all the pictures you’ll paint, until it’s silky smooth.
  2. Now, with a gentle heat, keep whisking. Want it thinner? A splash more water will do! Need it thicker? Just a touch more heat. When it feels just right, let your magical mixture cool down.
  3. Here comes the colourful fun! Juice your beetroot, pumpkin, spinach, and blueberries, one by one. Each one unveils a brilliant shade, ready to dance on your canvas.
  4. Merge your cooled cornflour mixture with the juicy colours. Voila! Your nature-inspired finger paint is ready. But, a little reminder: pop on an apron and spread out a tablecloth. We want our art on paper, not on our shirts!
  5. Note to our little maestros: This paint might look yummy, but it’s just for painting! It’s important to remember not to taste it, even if it smells delicious.

Final Words or Additional Information

The activity of creating and using natural finger paints from fresh produce has multifaceted benefits for young children. It offers a harmonious blend of learning and enjoyment designed to ensure holistic growth while preserving the joyous essence of childhood exploration.

The benefits are countless, but if you’re curious here are some of our favourites:

  • Sensory Development:
    • Tactile Exploration: The varying textures, from the cornflour mixture to the paint’s application, allow children to explore and differentiate between different tactile sensations.
    • Olfactory Stimulation: Fresh produce like beetroot, pumpkin, spinach, and blueberries offer distinct fragrances, introducing children to various natural aromas.
  • Cognitive Enhancement:
    • Cause and Effect Comprehension: Children observe the transformation of raw ingredients into usable paint, helping them grasp the foundational understanding of cause and effect.
    • Color Recognition: Extracting colors from natural ingredients helps children associate specific produce with their corresponding colors, enhancing color recognition and categorization.
  • Fine Motor Skills Development: Whisking, pouring, and painting all require refined motor movements, aiding in the development of crucial skills needed for tasks like writing in the future.
  • Science and Discovery Learning:
    • Basic Chemistry: The process of mixing cornflour with water and heat, and observing its transformation, introduces children to simple scientific concepts.
    • Natural Sources: Understanding that colors can be derived from natural ingredients fosters a sense of curiosity and appreciation for nature.
  • Creativity and Artistic Expression:
    • Open-Ended Creativity: With a variety of colors at their disposal, children are free to express their artistic visions without limitations.
    • Innovation: The DIY nature of the activity allows children to experiment with color intensity, consistency, and combinations.
  • Environmental Awareness: By using natural ingredients instead of synthetic paints, children are introduced to sustainable practices, fostering a respect for the environment early on.
  • Social and Emotional Development:
    • Pride and Accomplishment: Creating their paints and then using them for artistic endeavors can provide a sense of achievement and boost their self-esteem.
    • Collaborative Play: If done in a group setting, children can share colors, collaborate on art pieces, and discuss their observations, promoting teamwork and effective communication.
Happy Painting!