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Homemade Gluten Free Finger Paints

by Fredrica Syren:

My whole family has been sick with bronchitis for the past week, so we have been stuck at home.  Since any physical activity is out of question, painting has been on the agenda.  My kids love to paint — especially with their fingers — but so far I have not been very happy with the ingredients in store bought paints.  Not only does the paint get absorbed through their skin but also my children sometimes put their hands and fingers into their mouths and ingest it.  (Especially 14-month-old Noah — who thinks everything should be tasted at least once!)

I’ve made my own recipe, which is super easy and fast to make.  I love it because I know that the paint includes only organic and natural ingredients, and is super cheap, too.  I use non-toxic food coloring to create different paint colors, but very natural vegetable colors such as beet juice, turmeric and spirulina can be substituted if you wish.  I keep my colored paints in small used yogurt containers.  When the kids paint, I also give them a bowl of water for cleaning their hands.  Another tip to make clean up easier:  place an old table cloth on the work surface so paint will get on that instead of table.   Just fold it up and reuse it for another painting session.


4 tbsp. sugar

½ cup corn or potato starch

2 cups water

food coloring

Whisk sugar, starch and water in saucepan until it’s lump free.  Bring to boil while constantly whisking until it thickens.  Simmer on very low for 3 minutes.  Set aside to cool before pouring into individual cups and adding colors.


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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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