Try this DIY Edible Finger Paint if your little one still puts everything in their mouth.
I’m always looking for fun new ways to keep Marshall entertained. Some days I feel guilty that he’s always at home with me and I consider putting him in daycare for a couple of days a week so he can play with other kids his age. Then I feel guilty for considering daycare. You really can’t win as a mom, huh?
I do what I can to keep him stimulated, and this week’s big activity was fingerpainting! I’ve tried making DIY edible finger paints with rice cereal, and to be honest, I wasn’t impressed. Maybe I did something wrong, but it really didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped. I even tried making it on two different occasions. Even Marshall wasn’t into it! None of them even stained the paper in the slightest. Thankfully, I finally found a recipe that works!
I won’t lie to y’all, it was STICKY, with a capital “S”. It was worth the mess though because Marshall had a great time. It wasn’t as hard to wipe off of him as I expected, either. I didn’t bathe him until later that evening because the stickiness was gone with just a few wet paper towels. It was harder to get off the floor though, so I had to break out the mop.
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How To Make DIY Edible Finger Paint
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- 3 cups of water
- 2/3 cup of cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp (plus a pinch more) of salt
- 2.5 – 3 tbsp sugar
- food coloring
1. Heat all of the ingredients (except the food coloring) in a saucepan over medium heat.
2. As soon as it starts to thicken, take it off the heat!
3. Add a few drops of food coloring until desired color is achieved.
4. Let it cool, then enjoy!
I learned the hard way that heating it up for too long creates a jello-like paint, which really wasn’t what I was going for. On the batch of yellow, I tried heating it up just until it started to thicken, then taking it off the heat. It came out perfect!
I made some cute labels for you! If you use the same jars that I did, they’ll fit perfectly.
Marshall decided he’d rather paint with his feet than his fingers. Art is art, right?
It didn’t stain the paper quite like a paint would, but I’m guessing that’s probably because I went a little light on the food coloring. I used between 5-7 drops per mason jar.
I hope your little ones enjoy fingerpainting! If you try this out, tag me on Instagram so I can see their masterpiece! And of course, don’t forget to pin this idea for later if you liked it!
What’s your favorite recipe for DIY edible finger paint? Let me know in the comments!
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