Painting with Babies and Toddlers isn’t just a visual activity or process art it’s sensory and it can start when they are young – we’ve shared before our first forays into painting with some easy edible paints and now we’re sharing our recipe for homemade paints that are taste safe so ideal for a multisensory experience for the babies and toddlers and perfect for painting with baby.
The first explorations into mark marking for babies are with food – I wrote one of my first posts on Edible Finger Paints on just this – check out how you can create different colours with the edible finger paints recipes.
I now return to this and we have extended to use finger paints which are still non-toxic and when used with J he didn’t seem to like the taste so didn’t eat them – T is very different and actually loves the taste, but as they are none toxic and made from cooking ingredients they are safe to use with babies that are over 6 months old.
What you need to make Taste Safe Baby Finger Paints
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1 cup Corn Flour (Corn Starch)
1 cup Cold Water
3 cups Boiling Water
How to make Taste Safe Finger Paints for Babies
- Add 1 cup of cold water to the corn flour in a bowl and mixed it together.
- Then using freshly boiled water I added a cup at a time to the water/corn flour mix and mixed it together.
- Put this mix into a saucepan over a heat and stirred it until it became a consistency of custard.
- Add liquid food colouring to get your desired colours.
- Store in a clean jar and these will last between 2 and 3 weeks.
- To use mix once cool and hand over to your baby and toddler to experience the sensation of painting and talk about the colours.
Sensory Finger Painting with Babies
Ok – first I should say this is more of baby exploring paints and colours rather than painting anything as at 10 months she is way to young to expect to make marks or produce anything instead I use the finger paints as a sensory experience – utilizing her sight, touch and surprisingly smell (oh and in my daughters case also taste!)
I put some of the paints on her high chair tray and kept them separate so part of her play would be mixing the colours together which of course she did once she had had a good feel of the paints. She loved the jelly like feel of the paints and enjoyed squishing them between her fingers – it was interesting as well to see her play with the different colours – she was drawn first to the red and then blue and green with yellow being the last for her to play with.
Just a warning – don’t do this with liquid food colouring if you are about to go out anywhere as although the paint was easy to clean off the high chair tray and high chair – it wasn’t so easy to clear off of T and until she had a long soak in the bath she was dyed a lovely shade of red.
Simple Recipe for Taste Safe finger paints ideal for a sensory painting experience with babies and toddlers made with ingredients from your kitchen cupboard
- 1 cup Corn Flour Corn Starch
- 1 cup Cold Water
- 3 cups Boiling Water
- Liquid Food Colouring
Add 1 cup of cold water to the corn flour in a bowl and mixed it together.
Then using freshly boiled water I added a cup at a time to the water/corn flour mix and mixed it together.
Put this mix into a saucepan over a heat and stirred it until it became a consistency of custard.
Add liquid food colouring to get your desired colours.
Store in a clean jar and these will last between 2 and 3 weeks.
Use mix once cool and hand over to your baby and toddler to experience the sensation of painting and talk about the colours. See how to create a sensory art experience with your baby.
Materials Needed for Painting with Toddlers
Do what I say and not what we did provide your baby or toddler with a coverall – the clothes that my daughter is wearing in the pictures above NEVER recovered from the experience of painting the first time and became her “painting clothes”. A coverall like this one is ideal as it will cover the body and arms preventing clothes being stained.
We stored our paints in a mish-mash of jars that I had left over from weaning my two – a set like these glass baby food jars are ideal for keeping your baby food in and also great for storing the paints (I even use ours now in my craft supplies to store buttons and ribbons).
Protect your floor and invest in a messy mat – I was so thankful that we had these. They are still used now by my kids as a table covering when they do art and crafts on our dining room table.
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