As you all know my family is all about ooey gooey sticky fun and this DIY marshmallow finger paint was a big hit at our house this weekend! All you need are 3 ingredients and your children will be in ooey gooey sticky heaven! Did I happen to mention that the finger paint is edible!! Now we are talking fun!! Make sure you dress your kids appropriately as the food coloring gel may stain. We didn’t have any problems but you just never know.
Ok, let’s get ready to have some ooey gooey sticky marshmallow finger paint fun!!
You will need a few bowls for this project. One large one to heat up the marshmallows and a few more, one for each color of finger paint that you are wanting to make.
4 Cups Mini Marshmallows (regular size will work fine too)
1-2 Tablespoons of Corn Syrup
Wilton’s Food Coloring Gel Multiple Colors (regular food coloring will work also)
Glass Bowls (one large and a few smaller for mixing)
1) Begin by placing your small glass bowls on the counter and adding a few drops of corn syrup to each one. Then place a small amount of food gel into each one. You do not need to mix them together at this time.
2) Have your spoons ready by the bowls because you will need to move quick once you get the marshmallows melted and be ready to stir. This is where it begins to get sticky but it will be well worth it!
3) Place your 4 cups of marshmallows into your large microwave safe bowl and place into the microwave. It is important to be very careful when heating this up because the marshmallows will puff up quite a bit and if you heat it to long……it will overflow. I know this because my oldest Alicia did it! LOL I heated it 3 different times mixing it between each time. Here is the amount of time that worked will for us.
** Have your child watch it cook in the microwave. Mine were pretty impressed watching it puff up. 😉
Heat for 20 seconds and then stir
then for another 30 seconds and then stir
then for another 25 seconds and stir again.
All microwaves are different so keep a close eye on it. You are looking for a smooth creamy consistency.
4) Once you have gotten the correct consistency you will want to quickly poor it into the smaller bowls and mix together will the food gel and corn syrup. It is not uncommon to have to heat it back up a bit by the time you get to your last bowl. This stuff hardens quickly. Once you have all of it mixed together it’s time to paint!!
I will say that at this point I did place on the bowls back in the microwave just to give it a quick warm up. It helps it to keep the smooth finger paint constancy. Now it’s time to finger paint!!
****** MAKE SURE AN ADULT HEATS UP AND WORKS WITH THE HOT MARSHMALLOWS AND MAKE SURE YOU DOUBLE CHECK THE TEMPERATURE BEFORE ALLOWING THEM TO PAINT!! (we don’t want anyone to get hurt today)
Your child wants to taste the marshmallow finger paint right??? Well by all means let them give it a try!!
Looking for more fun and messy kids activities?? Make sure and stop by and see our fun ways to paint without a paintbrush section!