Fingerpaint typically contains wheat. I knew that I could quite simply squirt several different colors of paint into separate dishes and let my daughter "finger paint" with them. But then I had the thought, why do they put wheat in fingerpaint? Well, to thicken it. So why can't I thicken it with something else - like tapioca starch?
Obviously we don't eat fingerpaint, but there is no way I would want my daughter using wheat-containing fingerpaint. She would probably break out into hives. Not to mention that even if you thoroughly wash your hands after use, the paint can get into your fingernails etc. So if you are like us and have celiac disease and/or wheat allergy, then try this simple recipe for fingerpaint without wheat!
1 tablespoon paint (heaping tablespoon)
1 teaspoon tapioca starch
Mix well with a spoon, you will quickly see the paint thickening.
You can add more if you want it even thicker, but this seemed to be the right amount of thickness for us.
We make up small batches at a time, but I imagine it would store for a while in a jar with a lid.
My daughter loves to mix colors and find out what color she can create by mixing them. We first started doing this with chalk, outside on our sidewalk. Fingerpainting is a really quick and easy way to have fun with mixing colors too.
Fingerpaint as an art education medium was originally formulated by the American educator Ruth Faison Shaw in Rome, Italy in 1931. After developing her expressive medium for children, Shaw devoted her attention to the therapeutic benefits of finger-painting (wikipedia.org)