I saw this recipe over at theimaginationtree and thought I would give it a try for my toddler. Sure enough, she loved it as she loves all things painting!
Edible Finger Pint
2 cups corn starch
1 cup cold water
4 and ½ cups boiling water
Food coloring (various colors)
Jars for storing the paints (I used baby food jars – I only bought them for that purpose because I make my baby’s food at home).
Mix corn starch with cold water, thoroughly.
Add in boiling water, stirring after each cup.
Keep stirring until the consistency becomes like custard.
Separate the paint into jars and add food coloring.
Mix well until you get the desired color (She loved, loved, loved helping).
Use large sheets of paper, paint brushes, and even little fingers to do some painting. You could also let you kids paint in older clothing to prevent staining or use big bibs, like I did. I used a huge plastic bib that covers the entire front of the outfit. Just wipe off and we are nice and clean again.
Her sister is getting in on the fun! She wants to grab that brush and the paper and put them in her mouth.
I put some paint of the various colours in a plate for her to play with.
And she wants to put the plate in her mouth.
Allow the work to dry. It will take a while to dry but when it does it will look wonderful, creating a 3D-like effect. See the images below (I like blue one best). You can frame your child’s work and display it in your home if you so desire.
Be sure to cover and store the paint in the refrigerator until ready to use again.