Did you ever see that movie Hook? You know that scene where the Lost Boys are eating an imaginary feast and they had these vibrant colorful cream pies that they started a food fight with? Well this finger paint reminded me of that scene and those pies. I loved that movie when I was a kid.
This paint is “Edible” finger paint. I don’t mean this should be a substitute for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I’m just saying if by chance a little gets into your kid’s mouth, it’s okay. Especially if you have a little one running around that doesn’t yet understand the concept, “Oh no, don’t eat that!”
I’ve had my fair share of those instances, one recently being a mouthful of cat food.
Stuff happens. Cat food in your kid’s mouth, happens.
This is a great go-to activity that requires nothing fancy in the kitchen. And I’m pretty sure you have all the ingredients right in your cupboards.
The real reason I made this, besides it being super fun to play with, is it’s a great activity for toddler’s sensory development and imagination. That’s what really sold me.
After cooking up the cornstarch it thickens to an almost pudding-like consistency. Spoon it into little bowls and add your favorite food coloring. Just remember a little food coloring goes a long way, especially if you’re using gel food coloring. My green paint almost looked black it was so dark.
This activity is best outside. Nothing a little hosing off won’t fix!
DIY Edible Finger Paint Recipe – There are a couple variations on this recipe and each work just as well. One variation using vanilla yogurt with food coloring, and the second is made with a vanilla pudding and food coloring. This version is my favorite though.
Recipe adapted from Hellobee
1/2 cup cornstarch
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups water
Pour all ingredients into a sauce pan and cook on a medium-low heat, while stirring, for 10 minutes. Mixture will thicken up to a pudding-like consistency when done. Spoon into little bowls (about 5 separate bowls) and add a small amount of different food colorings to each bowl.
If paint is too thick, stir in a small amount of hot water to thin it out.