Dylan's newly found interest in smearing his food all over his highchair tray, inspired me to nurture his creative side. As I watched him squish his raspberries through his fingers and smash his avocado with his cup, I started thinking that maybe he could use these skills to create a work of art. I remembered that a friend of mine recently had a playgroup at her house where she made homemade edible paint and put the kids in a blowup plastic pool. They gave the babies paint brushes and let the creative juices flow. The bath tub is also a great place for finger painting. When it is time to clean up, you can just wash baby and wash out the tub at the same time. I found the following recipes for edible "paint" online and the pudding paint worked the best of the three. I am planning on letting Dylan "paint" some masterpieces for the grandparents for the holidays.
• Instant Vanilla Pudding
• Food Coloring What to do:
Mix pudding according to directions.
Add food coloring for desired color.
Finger paint on paper plates.
Kool-Aid Finger Paint What you need:
• 2 cups flour
• 2 packs unsweetened Kool-Aid
• 1/2 cup salt
3 cups boiling water
• 3T. oil What to do:
Mix wet into dry.
Jello Finger Paint What you need:
• Any kind of flavored jello
• Boiling water What to do:
Mix jello into boiling water until it is a good consistency for finger paint.