Make your own baby-safe finger paint at home with just three ingredients you probably have. We don’t recommend eating this paint, but if your little one happens to taste it, you don’t have to stress that it’s toxic. Follow our simple step-by-step instructions and you’ll be making art in no time.
- 1 cup white flour
- 1 cup warm water
- food coloring
1. Mix the flour and water together. Be sure to use warm water, as it will mix together more easily. We used a whisk to get all of the lumps out and ensure a smooth result. This is a good step for older kids to help with.
2. Divide the flour and water mixture. Pour the mixture into four bowls, cups or containers of your choice.
3. Add food coloring to each container. We stuck with the basics, making our paints red, blue, green and yellow. But you can get creative with purple, aqua, brown and more.
Pro tip: We used only three drops of food coloring for each small bowl and the colors are bright. If you go overboard with the food coloring, you may end up staining little fingers. But we promise it will wash off eventually!
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 we like finger-painting paper (like this one from Melissa & Doug). It’s glossy and non-absorbent, which helps the paint spread easily across it.
Pro tip for older babies: Let your baby try finger painting in the high chair (as long as it’s easy to clean), lay down a waterproof splat mat, or save this for an outdoor activity to keep mess and cleanup to a minimum.
Pro tip for post-painting: Finger painting can be messy. Be prepared to give your baby a bath after your art session. The flour-water mixture should 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!
featured image: Peter Lindberg via Flickr