Ready for Baby’s first art project? You can make your own baby-safe finger paint at home with just three ingredients that you probably have already. It’s super easy and edible. We don’t recommend eating this paint, but if your little one happens to taste his masterpiece, you don’t have to stress that it’s toxic. Follow our simple step-by-step instructions and you’ll be on your way to making art in no time.

supplies

Supplies

1 cup white flour
1 cup warm water
food coloring

mixing

Instructions

1. Mix the flour and water together. Be sure to use warm, not cold water, as it will mix together better. We used a whisk to get all of the lumps out and ensure a smooth result. This is a good step for older siblings to help with.

paint-divided

2. Divide the flour and water mixture. Pour the mixture into four bowls, cups or containers of your choice.

food-coloring

3. Add food coloring to each. We stuck with the basics, making our paints red, blue, green and yellow. But feel free to get creative with purples, aquas, browns and more.

square-paints

We tried it tip: You can see, a little goes a long way here. We used three drops of food coloring for each bowl and the colors are still bright. If you go overboard, you may end up staining little fingers – but we promise it will wash off eventually!

painting-time

4. Let your baby get creative! Our little tester isn’t sitting up on his own yet, so we made it a tummy time activity. You can use any type of paper, but special finger painting paper is glossy and will help the paint spread easily across it.

high-chair-painting

For older babies: Let your baby try finger painting in the high chair (as long as it’s easy to clean afterwards), or consider making it an outdoor springtime activity. Don’t count on saving your baby’s artwork though. This project is more about the experience than the result.

foot-painting

We tried it tip: While this project is easy and fun, finger painting with any type of paint (including this edible finger paint) is messy! Get ready to give your baby a post art project bath. The flour-water mixture will wash out of clothes and off of floors, splat mats, etc., but it’s easiest to clean up with warm water, right away. Happy finger painting!

Have you tried finger painting with your baby? Tell us all about it in a Comment below.

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–Julie Seguss