Homemade Edible Finger Paint is perfect for babies aged 6 – 18 months, toddlers and even older children who are very likely to place paint covered fingers into their mouths.
This edible paint recipe is super easy to make and uses regular items you can find in your kitchen! It is safe for babies to put into their mouths (although you do not want to encourage them to do this) and not tasty to prevent them to want more. Most importantly, it is super easy to clean off and can be prepared in 15 minutes!
Development benefits of finger painting
Creativity and expression
Fine motor skills
Hand-eye coordination and control
Cause and effect
Exploring the senses and discovering new textures
4 tablespoons of cornflour
1 cup boiling water
Liquid food colouring
In a saucepan, mix the cornflour with enough cold water to make a paste
Pour in 1 cup of boiling water and stir until there are no lumps
Put the saucepan on the stove on medium heat and stir. The mixture will start to change, and you will notice some clear streaks forming in the mixture. Once you see this, turn off the heat and continue stirring. It will start to thicken into a custard-like consistency
Spoon equal amounts into containers or cups and add the food colouring
You can store in the fridge with cling wrap for up to 2 weeks
Tip: If the paint hardens from being in the fridge, add a little bit of hot water or leave the paint out for a few hours
Let’s put our primary school science to good use!
To get more colours from your basic colouring, mix:
Red + Blue = Purple
Yellow + Blue = Green
Red + Yellow = Orange
To avoid a massive clean-up:
Make sure baby isn’t wearing any fancy outfits. Topless is best!
Lay plastic or newspapers on the floor (consider covering up a large area)
Have an old rug or cloth close to you to clean up in case any paint gets out of the ‘paint zone’
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