19 Homemade Paints for Preschool Painting Activities

Homemade paints are easy to make and provide new opportunities for toddlers and preschoolers to explore and create.  This roundup gives you easy recipes, with options for using your new paints in awesome painting activities.

19 homemade paints for fun and easy preschool painting activities

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Its easy to engage kids creative skills in interesting ways with homemade paints.

Browse this exciting roundup to find unexpected ways to introduce painting activities to toddlers and preschoolers.

We've included paints for indoors, paints for outdoors, and even ones you can safely taste.


Homemade paints for kids activities

The activities in this roundup are meant to give you easy options for painting with preschoolers. The activities can be set up with no extra expense, and no trips to the store.

Ingredients can be found in your craft supplies (chalk, for example), or in the kitchen (flour, for example).

Part of the fun is making the paints together - mixing ingredients and experimenting with textures and consistencies. 


Note: Even if you have plenty of paint on hand, these painting activities are fun to do with kids any time!


Related: Tips for easy setup and cleanup of kids painting activities


Homemade paints

1. Paints for indoors

 homemade paints for indoor painting activities


Scented paint / Fantastic Fun and Learning

Shaving cream paint / Happiness is Homemade

Microwave puffy paint  / Happiness is Homemade

Body paint / Pink Stripey Socks

Finger paint / A Little Crunchy

Bath paint / Messy Little Monster


2. Paints for outdoors

 outdoor painting activities with homemade paints


Watercolor paint / Kori at Home

Paint with bubbles / Chic 'n Savvy

Sidewalk chalk paint / Happiness is Homemade

Fizzy flour paint / Simple Fun for Kids

Recycled chalk paint /  Rhythms of Play

Sidewalk chalk paint / jDaniel 4's Mom


3. Taste-safe paints

 Homemade taste safe paints for kids activities


Toddler approved edible paint / The Natural Homeschool 

Toddler art with flour paint / Simple Fun For Kids

Taste safe finger paint / Rainy Day Mum

Peeps Puffy Paint / Messy Little Monster

Painted Firework Toast / Messy Little Monster

Corn syrup paint / Pink Stripey Socks

Finger painting with blackberries / Kori at Home


Painting activities are fun - and easy! - with homemade paints. 

Use homemade paints to add something different to your preschool paint activities.  


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