Learn + Play Play Recipes

Edible Finger Paint Recipe – Preschool Craft & Activity

Let me start off by saying this edible finger paint recipe came about as a happy accident.  I was trying to create an edible slime recipe with a texture similar to my original homemade slime.  Well, it didn’t work.. at all.  In an attempt to save my ingredients from being thrown in the trash, I grabbed a pack of flavored drink mix and voila- I knew in an instant that I had, indeed, saved my project and that the kids were going to LOVE the result.  And they certainly did- see photos at the bottom of this post.

Edible Finger Paint Recipe


-1 14oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
-4 Tbs. Cornstarch  (You can probably use less, but I was attempting slime so I wanted it thicker.  2 Tbs. should be plenty.)
-1 pack flavored drink mix (Kool-Aid)


Pour sweetened condensed milk into a medium sauce pan.  Stir in cornstarch.
Cook on medium-low heat until well combined.  Add flavored drink mix and stir well.
Remove from heat and let cool before playing and painting.

If you have any doubts about the taste, allow me to show you some photos.  I’ll let you decide which child was more into painting and which child was more into eating the paint.  It really does taste good!  I love that it’s safe to eat so Bella can join the fun.

This activity isn’t for the faint of heart.  I suggest wearing play clothes or craft aprons and having a tub of water ready for bath time.  I don’t mind the mess and a wet rag is all you need for clean up.  The color came out so bright and vibrant that I’m going to try a few other recipes using Kool-Aid.  I’m not giving up on edible slime, but I’m going to have to rethink the recipe.

Let me know if you give this recipe a try!

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