Young children need constant attention and consistent routine in their daily schedule. Developing fun and unique activities helps stimulate the young child’s imagination and creativity, which can prevent boredom and subsequent negative behaviors that stem from that boredom. Encouraging activities that build dexterity and fine motor skills are important for the growth and development of toddlers and young children. Homemade edible finger paints is one such activity that can provide this type of stimulation, but it also introduces the child to visible stimulation through the vibrant colors of paint. Moreover, when the child uses the edible finger paints, it will encourage self-expression, and a freedom to explore, touch, smell, and even safely taste the flavor of the edible paint.
As with regular store bought finger paints, homemade edible finger paints are also just as messy. This is activity will require the supervision of a parent or adult. In addition, you will want to cover the table or surface that the child will be painting on. An old shower curtain, newspaper, or wax paper can be used to protect the surface, and will help with the clean-up process. Since this is a fun activity, you can also combine it with some outdoor fun by setting up an old sheet on the lawn in the backyard.
Gather the Ingredients
For the homemade edible finger paints, you will need plain yogurt, any brand will due, but plain Greek yogurt seems to work best because it is thicker than regular plain yogurt. In order to make the vibrant colors, you can use a variety of different unsweetened powdered beverage mixes or a few drops of food coloring. In addition, small plastic bowls, cup, a muffin pan, or refrigerator storage containers can be used to mix the individual edible paints, and a spoon for mixing. Besides the old shower curtain, newspaper, or wax paper for protecting the surface, white parchment paper or freezer paper are good choices on which the child can paint.
Mixing the Finger Paints
Spoon some of the yogurt into the specific container you have chosen. If you are using the powdered beverage mix, add a tiny sprinkle to the yogurt. If you are using food coloring, add a drop or two into the yogurt, but not too much, because you do not want the mixture to liquefy. Then, thoroughly mix with a spoon, and adjust the vibrancy of the color as needed by adding a little more color. You can achieve a variety of different colors by combining colors.
Place the homemade edible finger paints in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them. Not only will it help preserve the thick consistency, but also it will keep prevent the mixture from going bad. Remember to smell and even taste the paint before using to make sure it has not spoiled. Then let your child have a blast making a squishy colorful mess as they smear the edible finger paints around, while making creative art.
Citro, Asia. Scented Edible No-Cook Fingerpaint Recipe for Babies and Toddlers. 2014. http://www.funathomewithkids.com/2013/04/scented-homemade-edible-paint.html>.