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Homemade Watercolour Paint for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Learn how to make homemade watercolour paint disks for pennies with just 5 kitchen ingredients. These paints work great and will store indefinitely. Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Drying Time1 d
Total Time1 d 35 mins
Keyword: homemade paint, homemade paint disks, homemade watercolors, homemade watercolours


  • Muffin tin
  • stirrer
  • measuring cup with spout


  • 4 tbsp baking soda bicarbonate soda
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Light Corn Syrup  also known as Karo Syrup or Golden Corn Syrup
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch also known as corn flour in the UK
  • Food colouring  icing gels produce the most intense colours
  • Mini Muffin Tin or ice cube tray


  • Mix baking soda and vinegar together in a spouted container i.e. 2 cup measuring cup.
  • Add corn syrup and cornstarch, and mix until well dissolved.
  • Pour into a mini muffin tin or ice cube tray
  • Your mixture will thicken if you stop stirring so keep it moving as you pour.
  • Add a dab of icing gel or 6 drops of liquid food colour to each compartment of paint. An extra pinch of cornstarch will compensate for the extra liquid if using liquid food colour.
  • Let your paints set for 24-48 hours.
  • To paint, simply swish with a wet paint brush.