I have been absolutely chomping on the bit to get Possum using paint. She is just 11 months now and it has never seemed right to have her using store bought paints. Sure, they say that are non-toxic but the thought of her putting any of that stuff on her beautiful soft skin or having a lick gives me heart failure.
So let's make EDIBLE FINGER PAINT!!!!!
The benefits being that I have made it myself and so I know what is in it AND if she happens to put any of it in her mouth I know it isn't going to cause her any hard. Now edible finger paint isn't actually new, however, there are some recipes that claim to work but in practice turn out to be more like water paints or gloop that you find hard to touch yourself - trust me, I've tried them.
Without sounding wishy washy, I'm going to have to suggest that you go with a bit of instinct with this one. If you think it needs a little more of something then add it etc.
The basics you will need are -
1/4 cup cornflour
4 tablespoons white sugar
water (you to judge how much)
In a pot mix together the sugar and the cornflour.
Add a splash of water and mix over a medium heat.
Depending on your mixture, add more water or cornflour until you have a
smooth and rather stiff consistency.
I separated my mixture into small containers and added 4 drops of food colouring to each.
I probably suggest not to add any more drops because it may start to stain fingers.
What a wonderful sight it is to see the begin of creativity.
I added a few finger scoops of each onto a large page of paper.
Possum was very interested to touch (and taste!) the finger paint.
I demonstrated how the mixture could be spread across the page.
Of course if your child was older they would probably not need the guidance.
This is such a great sensory activity for babies. Possum loved opening and closing her hand and feeling the texture between her fingers.
Possum's 1st piece of art work.
Please leave me some comments and/or email me some pictures of your
little one having fun with finger paint.