I have a little one that is enamored of anything sensory-she loves to feel, taste, smell everything! So the best activities to keep her busy have always been things that allow her to do just that-sometimes all at once! Edible “Finger paint” is just of these. Every since she was a baby I have sought ways to bring her in on the fun but keep store bought finger paints, and other art supplies out of her mouth. Then I realized I didn’t have to, I could let her create, touch, smell, AND taste, safely. By using all edible and healthy ingredients I could create a fun medium for her to experiment with. You can use your child’s favorite fruits, and any kind of dry baby cereal you like. I do have to say she still loves to sample the homemade play dough. luckily its safe too. She is 3 now and still enjoys this edible paint, but if you are starting this with a baby or toddler this is a great way to introduce new fruits. Not only does the fresh fruit add flavor, but also beautiful natural colors.It also makes for a great rainy day activity.
Homemade Edible Finger Paint
- Rice, Oatmeal, or baby cereal
- fresh fruit-strawberries, raspberries, kiwis, blueberries, banana,
- fresh melon, cherries
- Milk- almond, coconut, soy
- food processor or blender
Start with a small amount of cereal in your processor, add fruit and a little milk until you reach your desired consistency. I like mine to be a little thinner than oatmeal.
Repeat the process to create several colors.
Place “paint” right on the table or high chair tray and let them experiment.
As your child plays- identify each color- “Oh isn’t that green pretty?”, ask about and encourage exploration of texture and taste- “How does it feel, is it wet? sticky? etc, Is it sweet? tangy?
Sensory experiences are the best way to learn, especially for little ones, taking information on in several ways helps it stick, and getting messy is just plain old fun. You can feel good about this as an art process as well as a snack!