Homemade Textured Finger Paints

home made 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. 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

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 finger paints

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).


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. 

home made textured paints

Livia had a blast making her cookbook!

home made finger paints

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. Tempra 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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  1. Hmmm, I never thought about textured paint before!

  2. That give the picture so much more detail.. She looks like she was having a blast..

  3. That looks like a lot of fun. I have to try that with my daughter.

  4. This is a good idea, unless you want to use my lucky charms! Looks fun!!!

  5. Ohh, that looks like so much fun. Those pics are so inviting.

  6. Love this! I bet my son would have a blast.

  7. I would never think to texturize finger paint. This looks like an insane amount of fun, especially if your kids are sensory seeking. I will be trying this soon!
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  8. Oh, that looks like so much fun, but SOOOO messy!
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  9. 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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  10. lisa jones says:

    How Cool Is This I Willl Be Doing With The Kids Thanks!!

  11. Rebecca Swenor says:

    I know a couple of kids who would really love to do this. Thanks for sharing.

  12. That looks really fun!

  13. This is such a great activity for kids..

  14. 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.

  15. I’m sure children are crazy about the paints. Looks like such fun.
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  16. I used to teach pre-school. The kids would love this!! I’ll share your post with some of my teacher friends. Thanks!!
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  17. This looks so fun to do especially for kids.
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  18. This is sooo cool. It reminds me of the stuff I did with childhood friends when we were little girls.
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  19. That’s a case for a dad’s old shirt, but the idea is FANTASTIC.
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  20. How fun! I’m sure you can keep the kids entertained for hours with this.
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  21. Thank you so much for sharing at Every Star Is Different! This looks like loads of fun and something I definitely want to try with my kiddos. I hope to see you back to share next week!
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  22. This is a great idea. We will have to try this soon.
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  23. This looks like so much fun! I just pinned for later. Thank you!
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