24/01/2014 10:30 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Edible Gluten-Free Finger Paint

Le Coin de Mel

The kids and I had a great time with this easy finger-paint recipe. It is easy to clean, washes off clothes easily, takes about five minutes to make, uses ingredients I had in my cupboard, and is gluten-free, which was essential for us as one of my children is allergic to wheat.

It is also edible, and I have to say my youngest spent the whole time feasting on it rather than painting, but that was stress-free paint-licking! I would not eat it myself, but there you go...

My five and three-year-olds also loved putting the ingredients together, adding food colouring and seeing the white paste become a vibrant pink, red, orange, blue or yellow. They really enjoyed using their fingers and getting messy as well.

You will need:

½ cup (70g) corn flour
4 heaped tablespoons (80 g) sugar
2 cups (480 ml) cold water
Food colouring

Using a wooden spatula, mix the corn flour, sugar and water in a medium pan and heat, stirring, until the mixture bubbles a bit and thickens. It should take just under five minutes.

Let it cool down, then divide it into five or six bowls.

Add as much or as little food colouring as you want, and mix well. It should be quite thick and perfect for little hands to play with.

Give the paint to your budding artists (mine each had their little containers with their own paints to avoid unnecessary arguments), A3 paper or card and let them be creative!

I am Mel, a happily married mum of three amazing, gorgeous children (biased, me?) living in a cosy little home.

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