If you have small children you are wise to consider providing them with organic finger paints. Children, especially little ones, have a tendency to put their hands in their mouths. Even if the finger paints that you currently use say "non-toxic', do you really know what is in them? Do you want your child to ingest that stuff?
Sources for Organic Finger Paints
If your child loves finger paints, as so many do, it's a great idea to invest in organic finger paints. Here are two sources that provide just what you have been looking for.
- Nuno Organic offers finger paints made of only food-quality ingredients. A set includes four large containers of red, green, blue and yellow paints.
Traditional finger paints contain various chemicals. For example, the chemical Toluene can produce adverse effects in the kidneys and reproductive system and is considered toxic to the blood and liver. It is also classified as a developmental toxicant, which means it can adversely affect a developing child as well as cause birth defects.
Toluene can be found in clay, tempura paint, finger paint and numerous other products. Even if exposure is low, do you really want your child to play with this toxic chemical?
Ethylene glycol is another chemical that can be found in children's finger paint and other art materials. It is suspected to cause problems with reproductive and respiratory systems. It may also be toxic to the blood and skin as well as being a possible developmental toxicant.
By choosing organic products for you and your family, you can protect yourself from exposure to these and other toxic chemicals commonly used by manufacturers.
Make Your Own
If you think that organic finger paints are too costly, try making some of your own! Making finger paints can be just as fun as painting with them.
- 1 cup of cornstarch
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/3 cup of grated soap (choose your favorite plain organic bar soap)
- Melt grated soap flakes into a half cup of boiling water.
- Add cornstarch.
- Blend well and put aside. Allow mixture to thicken.
- Divide into small containers and add coloring.
Natural colorings can be derived from the juice of frozen berries, beet juice, tea, onion skins (boiled) or other natural sources. Mix colors to create new ones and have fun with this part of the mixing process. Now you have a safe paint for your children to play with that is also very budget-friendly! Store this paint in the refrigerator. It should last about a week.
Here is another fun recipe to try:
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 packets of powdered drink mix (like Kool-Aid)
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 3 tablespoons of oil
- 3 cups of boiling water
- Mix together you dry ingredients in a bowl (drink mix, flour and salt).
- Stir in the oil.
- Slowly mix in the boiling water and allow the mixture to cool.
This recipe may give you more color variety since you have so many flavors of drink mix to choose from. This may be a tad more expensive than the previous recipe, but compared to ready-made products, it is still a real bargain.
Benefits of Finger Painting
Yes, it's messy, but finger painting is important to the development of your child. Use painting time to teach your child about colors. Painting will also help your child to develop fine motor skills as well as inspiring creativity.
Finger paints aren't just for kids! Join in with your child for an opportunity to interact and have fun together. You can even use this time for a lesson on organics while you play.