Monday, July 30, 2012

edible fingerpaint








This weekend, we made edible fingerpaint on a cloudy Saturday morning. Rowan has a lovely habit of eating his crayons (and dirt and rocks!), so making a safe, ingestible fingerpaint sounded like a good project for us. I have experimented with making play dough before which worked out really well. Rowan still plays with the same batch from months ago, and when he eats it, I don't have to go into a tailspin.

Here is the recipe I found on Momtastic (great website btw). It was a lot of fun and very messy. I guess that means we were doing it right.


Edible Fingerpaint
(via Momtastic)

1/3 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups of water
Food coloring

In saucepan, on low/medium heat, warm up flour, sugar, salt and water. Wisk until mixture thickens and is a smooth consistency.

Divide mixture evenly into 4 small cups. Stir in a few drops of food coloring in each cup and mix until desired color is reached. I found adding more food coloring and making the colors darker made for a better paint on paper.



18 comments:

  1. Brilliant! I love it! Just for the simple fact that it is cheaper and environmentally better! woohoo. I need to visit that lady's site also, you've mentioned her a few times, I just hate to get addicted to MORE blogs. :)

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    1. i hear you, my blog addiction is soon to be getting out of hand!

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  2. My 5 and 6 year olds still love to fingerpaint but thankfully they don't eat the paint. They do paint masterpieces though and I can entertain them for hours with a few pieces of paper and some fresh water colors. I love seeing what they create! :)

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  3. I am soooo doing this with my kids! Thanks for the information!

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  4. Oh I need this so. My oldest wouldn't dare put anything in his mouth if I looked at him sideways...#2 is a TOTALLY different story. A couple of days ago, she had decorated herself with a marker in the 1 minute I had turned my back on her to help my son with something. When I called her on it, she stuck the marker in her mouth and started sucking on it!!! Yup. Gray hairs are popping out. I haven't been pulling out the finger paints with her, but now I will. Pictures to come because I am SURE there will be more on her than the paper!

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    1. OMG, that story is too much! It makes me feel better though, like I am not the only one!

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  5. I've been needing something to do with my little ones while the big ones are in school they just started. This would be a perfect activity for them. I love it!

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  6. What a cute idea!! My kids are a bit older, but I think my 7 year old would love to try this, and I know my nephews, 3 and 1 would really love to do this. Thanks for such a fun idea!!

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  7. your photos are whimsical & lovely... and that toddler! what a darling!!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.ca/

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  8. Loved learning about you on Bonbon Break! Gorgeous photos and ideas!

    Wendy @Kidlutions

    PS...I'm following your blog now, too! =)

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    1. thanks so much for following! Your blog has so much useful info!

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  9. how is it for clean up? my husband is concerned about the food coloring staining anything and everything it gets on?

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    1. We definitely played in clothes that we didn't mind getting dirty and I moved his play table outside. Though nothing got ruined everything washed out. It is a very watery mixture so It is not as potent straight food coloring.

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  10. Lisa this recipe rocks. I am saving this and can't wait to use it when the kids are old enough in a few months to start "doing something".

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