After having a few pretty warm days here, it’s finally raining in Los Angeles! And boy, do we need it! If it was up to my kids, they would be outside all day while it’s pouring…soaking up the rain. Lately, my youngest (Isabella, 12 moths old) has wanted to be outside ALL day, playing with our 3 dogs… literally from the moment she wakes up until the moment she goes to bed. Me, on the other hand… not so much. Because of my back issues, I get way too achy in the cold (geez, I am getting old! LOL). So, in order (for me) to survive the colder rainy weather and a bored toddler… I had to find some indoor activities to keep Isabella entertained and have her momentarily forget that she is not outdoors, lol! At least until the major rain stopped.
Isabella is opposite of my Son Dylan (who is now 9 and currently using the rainy day to catch up on his recorded “Adventure Time” episodes). When little, Dylan never put any objects in his mouth… like… EVER. I never had to worry. Isabella on the other hand, will put EVERYTHING in her mouth and taste it. Nothing is off limits with this girl! SO when it comes to things like art, I have to be careful with what I bring out for her to play with, including crayons etc. If it can be swallowed, chewed etc… it needs to be reassessed and go thru strict safety measures, HA!
So, what now? Well… TA DA…. edible homemade paint ….perfect!
At first, Izzy didn’t know what to expect… she was poking at the squishy paint.. once she had it all figured out, she had an absolute BLAST with it!! I felt so much relief knowing that I didn’t have to worry about the moment when she would decide to taste it (I knew she would!) This is also a really great sensory play time activity with babies and toddlers, let them touch, taste, squeeze etc…. Isabella was also testing her stacking skills with the containers (and trying to get the paint from the containers to squish out by placing another container on top).
This paint is SUPER simple, and made with ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen pantry!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 3 tbsp Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1/2 Cup Corn Starch
- 2 Cups water
- Food Coloring (approx 8-10 drops per color)
- Small containers for storage (1 per color) You can also use baby food jars
- Combine ingredients in saucepan
- Warm on stove and stir/whisk until thickens (this only takes a few minutes, approx 2-3)
- Allow to cool
- Once cool, pour equal amounts into the small containers
- Add food coloring and stir. The amount of food coloring you add is up to you and depends on the color you are trying to achieve. Start with approx 5-6 drops and add a drop or 2 as needed until you get the color desired.
YOU ARE DONE!
Now, sit your baby or toddler down on a messy mat or high chair (remember that food coloring can stain, so make sure they are wearing their “messy/play time” clothing )
Let your little ones get messy, let them taste the paint, IT’S OK! And let them get creative and make ART!
Isabella’s is now hanging up to dry. This is her first piece of art… and I must say, it’s actually really cool looking! This paint comes out looking like a really awesome water paint.
Have fun with this… enjoy the memories with the kiddos… they will keep these memories with them as they grow! (I certainly remember how my mom used to make me play-dough and glue over the stove for all of my projects) Take pictures.. laugh with them, applaud them for their work, and soak it in…..
Until next time,