Make Your Own Kagga Kamma “San” Finger Paint

Once Upon A Time … a very long time ago, an interesting clan called Kagga Kamma and the Cederberg area home.  The clan, known collectively as the San (or “Bushmen” by some) were a group that were known for their hunting, foraging/gathering and symbolic paintings on cave walls. Although the San people have moved on from Kagga Kamma, there is still evidence at the Reserve of them once living here and one of the most loved activities at the Reserve is the San Rock Art Tour.

Inspired by this and because the younger guest are always excited by the cave paintings, we decided to share our very own Kagga Kamma “San” Finger Paint Recipe. Now they can create their own depictions and leave their mark for the rest of the family to enjoy.


Kagga Kamma’s “San” Finger Paint is easy to make, nontoxic and safe enough for the kids to eat (although it won’t be tasty). To make it even more “authentic” for the little ones, why not get a rock out of your garden, or buy pebbles from the local nursery and allow them to paint on them – the perfect gift for “mommy”, “daddy”, “granny”, “grandpa” or even their favourite teacher


4 Tablespoons of Sugar

1/2 Cup of Corn Starch or Cup of Flour

2 Cups of Cold Water

Containers (Small Jars)

Different Colours of Food Colouring


In a saucepan, mix the sugar and corn starch together.

Stir in cold water.

Heat over medium heat until the mixture starts to thicken (it gets thicker once it cools).

Separate the mixture into small containers.

Add a few drops of food colouring in and stir.

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