Starch Painting

by: Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
Here's a different way to paint. Starch painting is water soluble, and won't stain clothing.

Starch Painting


  • Bowl
  • Liquid starch
  • Liquid detergent
  • Paper or plastic cloth
  • Powdered tempera paint


  1. Mix a small amount of detergent with liquid starch in a bowl and pour the mixture onto a painting surface, such as a tabletop, paper, or plastic cloth.
  2. Sprinkle powdered tempera paint over the starch, and let your child experiment with mixing colors.