DIY Edible Finger Paint Recipe For Babies and Toddlers!
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What kid doesn’t love finger paint? I can still remember finger painting as a child. I absolutely loved it. I wanted all of my kids to be able to participate in the joy of finger painting, even my youngest who is a year old. I came up with a great edible finger paint recipe that certainly doesn’t taste good but is completely safe to ingest if your baby or toddler decides to eat it! I found a lot of moms were using things like yogurt or sweetened condensed milk to make edible finger paint for their kids but I wanted a paint that would dry on paper and be safe to hang up and display. I certainly couldn’t do that with yogurt! This recipe is easy and only has 3 ingredients! It’s quick and easy to whip up anytime.
Start by adding 2 Tablespoons of sugar, a pinch of salt and 1/3 cup flour to a medium saucepan.
Then add 2 cups of water and heat your burner on medium. Whisk all the ingredients together until the mixture thickens and becomes smooth. This will take approximately ten minutes over medium heat. Keep continually stirring it until the desired consistency is reached. Then remove from the burner and allow it to cool.
Once cool, portion it out into four different cups. I used little glass mason jars so I could put a lid on and save it if there was any left (there wasn’t!).
Then add two drops of food coloring to each cup and mix well.
Once you are happy with your colors it’s ready to paint with! Just ensure it is completely cooled before letting your little one dig in!
Before we dug in I also made sure I had plenty of PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes on hand to wipe up messes! Let’s face it, finger paint is messy!
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I had the most fun watching my one year old discover finger paint. At first he wasn’t sure what to think of it but he was definitely intrigued.
Then he really started having fun with it! He wasn’t sure if he should throw it and splatter it all over himself or paint with it! He was thrilled! Pure glee and joy at it’s best!
My three year old had a blast painting with it too. He demanded to have the PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes close by because he kept wanting to wipe off his hands. As much as he loved finger painting he also liked being clean!
My older two kids also had a blast with it and were creating “fireworks” by dripping the finger paint on their paper. I used posterboard paper for them to paint on so it would be sturdy and not get too soaked as I anticipated there would be an overabundance of paint on the paper!
The wipes were perfect for cleaning up their messy finger paint hands and they were gentle on their little hands so their skin didn’t dry out.
Danika was covered in red finger paint and even she was surprised at how much paint came off on the wipe!
Brady on the other hand was quite a bit more messy! He required several wipes to get all that blue finger paint off! I love that they are gentle enough to use on hands and faces, even for baby!
You can pin this post for later or print off the edible finger paint recipe below!
Rainbow Edible Finger Paint
- 2 Tbsp Sugar
- A pinch of salt
- 1/3 C flour
- 2 C water
- food coloring
- Add sugar, salt and flour to a medium saucepan.
- Mix in 2 cups of cold water.
- Whisk together over medium heat until mixture thickens and becomes smooth. This should take 10-15 minutes approx.
- Remove from burner and allow to cool completely.
- Divide mixture into four cups.
- Add 2 drops of food coloring to each cup and mix well.
- Allow your child to paint, ensure the mixture is no longer hot.
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I love this idea. My kids are older, but they would still LOVE this.
This is pure genius! Everyone knows that toddlers just love to eat anything they can get their hands on.
Oh my goodness my 19 month old grandson would have a messy blast with this. Thanks for the recipe!
I love this finger paint idea! I’ve been wanting to let my 3 year old finger paint, but haven’t wanted to deal with the mess. This is perfect!
That’s such a neat idea. It sounds super safe too! This would be perfect for very young kids!
what an awesome idea. I am always worried about my kids and they are older, ha… I will have to try this. Thanks for sharing…
What a great idea! We’ll have to try this soon. And yes, gotta have the wipes handy for easy clean-up!
Oh I love this! Perfect for little artists. I’ll have to try this with my kids soon. Thanks for sharing.
How great – love the colors of the paint. Wish I had done this with my kids when they were younger. #client
Super cool! Funny but one of my kids had sensory issues and hated the feeling of paint. The others don’t mind it at all.
Some kids are particular like that! I know my 3 year old has issues with not liking to be dirty at certain times too.
My daughter would love this! Anything she can play with and eat at the same time is her favorite.
This is a great a recipe! I never would have thought to make edible finger paint before!!
i love this because i have a 4 yo and a 21 mo and they both like to paint, but i don’t like paint in the mouth! thank you for this great recipe!
You’re welcome! My baby was so thrilled to get to paint! I’ve never let him because everything goes in the mouth. After one little taste of this though he was more interested in painting than he was in eating it! It was nice to know it was safe for him when he put it in his mouth!
I love the idea…. but would ants mothers try to eat the artwork?
It has so little sugar in it that we have not had an issue with ants trying to eat the artwork.
Does the food coloring stain their hands at all?
No it didn’t stain his hands at all 🙂
Do you have to refrigerat the left over paint?
Does the paint dry nicely? Would love to give a picture painted by baby to his grandparents for Christmas!
I would suggest using thick posterboard-type paper and making sure the paint isn’t too thick so it dries thoroughly.
Question… How long can you store these? Thanks!
Hmmm good question. I have always used them within a day so I’m not sure how long they’ll keep. Sorry I’m not of more help!
love the idea, but what does the sugar do for the concoction?
can it be left out?
The sugar helps bring it all together. The edible finger paint isn’t meant to be eaten by babies but is meant to be safe if they do eat it. It doesn’t taste yummy so they likely won’t venture much into their mouth but if they do try it, it won’t harm them. I haven’t tried making it without the sugar but let us know if you try it!
My son painted using your paint recipe. We let the piece dry and then we framed it. Because it contains foods ingredients, will it eventually mold/go bad on the sheet?
Ours have not had any issues with molding once it was dried.
Great activity. Can the “art pieces” be framed?
Yes, we haven’t had any issues with ours being framed. 🙂
Mine turned out thick. Any suggestions on what I messed up?.
It is thicker than paint so you may not have messed up anything. I find the thicker consistency helps the baby play with it easier.
Can these finger paints be stored? Ex. After I have made them can they be stored in the fridge or regular shelf? If yes to either fit how long can they be stored until use.
Thank you kindly for any assistance you may be able to provide me with.
I haven’t stored these so I can’t give you a solid answer. If you try it please let us know 🙂