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      Makes about 2 cups of paint

      1 cup all-purpose flour
      4 cups water
      Food coloring

      Put flour and 1 cup of water in a saucepan and stir until smooth. Add the rest of the water and stir to mix. Cook the mixture, whisking to keep smooth, over medium heat, and when it bubbles gently, let it cook for about 1 minute. Take care the heat is never too high or the flour will burn on the bottom of the pan and the finger paint will have brown specks in it. (These are not harmful but don’t look very nice.) Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture cool completely. This takes about 2 hours.

      Pour the mixture into 3 or 4 cups — strong paper cups, plastic cups, or small dishes — and add a drop or two of a different food coloring to each. Stir well until the desired color is achieved. (You may want to add more food coloring for a deeper hue.) Use at once to fingerpaint on paper (butcher paper works especially well), or store in an airtight container for about 2 days.

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