Edible Finger Paint

A couple of days ago we made some Edible Finger Paint.  It was incredibly easy to make.  It was also very easy to clean up after, and my preschooler had a blast.

I had read in various kids activity books suggestions for using pudding as finger paint.  I really prefer this variant because it’s not sweet, and therefore doesn’t encourage them to eat the paints. Also you end up with a better colour range.

You just need a couple of small containers, some plain yogurt and some food dye.  Place a scoop of yogurt in each container, add a drop of food dye (keep in mind you really only need one drop), and mix well.  Provide some paper and hand the “paint” over to the kiddos.

I had a few people mention to me that they’ve done similar set ups with mixed results (such as painting with food dye coloured ice cubes, etc). They complained that the paintings came out nice, but it took forever to get the colour off of their kid’s skin. When I did this I used *very little* food colouring, the absolute smallest amount I could get the dropper to dispense, and I think that really made the difference.

I loved that I didn’t have to worry about the toxicity of the paints, and where they might end up other then the paper.  As you can see in the picture I didn’t really think ahead and dress my daughter appropriately for making a mess, but there were no issues. She got a little on the table and a little on herself, all of which came off quite easily.  There was even a dab I didn’t notice until after it had dried up, and that came right off as well.

My mom gave us these tiny Glad reusable containers that were just the perfect size for this.  I was able to put the lids on and store the “paints” in the fridge and use them again the next day.  Overall G-Girl got at least two hours of enjoyment out of this, for pretty much zero cost.

The paint dries a little darker then it looks. Her paintings looked great when they were dry. The colours were really bright.

Let me know if you give it a try!

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