I have wrote previously about using finger paints with T – I made my own which is a great recipe for anyone who would like to make their own and has a much younger baby than T.

Sensory Play for older Babies using Finger Paints

T is very into trying to do what ever J is doing at the moment – and one of the things that we are working on is a big project which involves lots of paint and using our hands. T wants to get involved as well but J doesn’t want her to as she messes with his ideas so I set up T with some of her own paints and paper.

Finger Paint sensory play for older babies

She’s getting past the stage of trying to eat everything but the paints that I chose were no toxic so if she decided to have a taste it would be safe.

The pack comes with 6 colours – no I wanted to make this about as many of her senses as possible – we learn through our senses and using finger paints means that the sense of touch will be used but with multiple colours and them mixing her sense of sight would be used as well.

Finger painting with babies

With her in her high chair – so I could contain the mess and stop her from trying to decorate J’s project as well I spooned some finger paints onto her tray and we talked about the colours and the texture as she played with it.

Finger Painting for babies

When she started to get bored with the talk I gave her a piece of paper as well – her eyes lit up, I think she felt like she was doing what J was doing and proceeded to copy him covering the paper in her paint.

It won’t be long before T will be able to work on projects with J but at the moment I’m facing the new challenge of two little ones that both want to create at the same time with different skill levels – so it’s some creative thinking needed.

T is 16 months old

Simple Recipe for Taste Safe finger paints ideal for a sensory painting experience with babies and toddlers

Discover our recipe for Taste Safe Finger Paints for Babies and Toddlers for some colourful sensory art play

Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.


  1. Baby girl climbed up on my lap and saw what I was reading. (she’s two) She got extremely excited and clearly told me we would be painting just like that today! I’m going to try out your recipe, thanks!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.