Toddler-Safe, Edible Finger Paint!

Painting is one of those awesome sensorial activities that I always want to incorporate into my one-year-old’s playtime. But being one year old, my guy is teething like crazy and still has a habit of putting his hands in his mouth quite a bit. Therein lies my hesitation with letting him use traditional finger paints. Even the “non-toxic” ones.

But did you know there’s a way you can let your little one paint, without having to worry about whether or not he eats the paint?! The solution is so simple, it’s ridiculous. And it only requires 2 ingredients:

  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Liquid food colors

That’s it.

Whip up the cream in a big bowl using a hand mixer. I usually add a few pinches of sugar to my whipped cream, but this time I didn’t. Divide the cream into smaller containers, depending on how many colors you want to make.

Squirt in a good amount of food coloring into each container – like 10 drops or more. I don’t even know, I didn’t count. The more drops of color, the more vivid the “paint” will be.

Mix the colors into the cream, making sure to thoroughly rinse the spoon after each color.

And there you have your beautifully bright, good enough to eat, finger paints!

Noah was SUPER cautious at first, but then he went all in. And then the inevitable happened 47 seconds later…

THE TASTE TEST.

Many bites followed the first. Safe to say this activity is toddler-approved.

Extra finger “paint” can be stored in airtight containers and kept in the fridge for up to two days, just like regular whipped cream.

HAPPY PAINTING (AND EATING). Xo

DIY Puffy Paint!

Are you ready to have your socks blown off?! Well you better be, because I’m going to share a recipe for the coolest homemade puffy paint that only requires 3 ingredients!

  • shaving cream (the foaming kind!)
  • liquid school glue
  • liquid food colors

And that’s it! You’ll also need some supplemental materials to actually make the paint, such as:

  • Medium sized mixing bowl
  • Spatula or large spoon
  • Measuring cup (I started with 1/2 cup, but ended up using 1 cup of each ingredient)
  • 4 small containers to separate out the paint for each color
  • A small spoon to mix each color

Please see below for a *beautifully stylized* layout of the materials you’ll need:

This recipe is SO SIMPLE. The first thing you have to do is measure out equal parts shaving cream and glue. I used 1 cup of each. Then mix them together until nice and fluffy. It should look like this:

Then you’ll need to carefully divide the white paint among the four containers.

I used 4 oz jars, and 3 drops of color in each jar. The colors turned out perfectly pastel. If you want darker, more vivid colors, simply use more drops of food coloring. I also used a small spoon to mix each color.

And that’s all there is to it! Now you’re ready to start painting!

I made a cute little rainbow, just to test the paints out. I left it overnight to dry, and guess what?! It was STILL puffy!! I’m fact, I hung it up on my son’s bedroom wall and he loves it!

This is actually the art project I sent out to my students this week. I had so much fun with it that I decided to share it with you, as well. Plus just look how beautiful those paints are. It provided the absolute perfect photo-taking-opportunity. I love a good art project photo shoot.

Here is the video I sent to my students with instructions on how to make the paint, in case you’d rather watch how to do it!

I hope you get a chance to try this fun and simple project out. It doesn’t take long, and is a great way to spend a spring rainy day indoors with your little ones!

Enjoy, and have a lovely weekend!

Arts + Crafts Post: Montessori Planisphere Collage

Each week I send an art project to my students to do at home. I make sure to send any required materials to the parents the week before, and film all the instructions in a YouTube video to send them. Since we are celebrating Earth Day this week, I thought it would be fun to make a collage of Earth, Montessori-style!

Here are all the materials you will need:

The only items not pictured here are: a little container for the glue, and a piece of string or twine to turn this collage into a lovely ornament after completed.

We used torn construction paper pieces to make a collage on top of a planet Earth template. I had thought about just using blue and green, but decided using the continent colors from the Planisphere map would make this activity much more Montessori! This means you will need the following paper colors:

  • Orange – North America
  • Pink – South America
  • Yellow – Asia
  • Red – Europe
  • Green – Africa
  • White – Antarctica
  • Brown – Australia
  • Blue – for the oceans

And FYI, you won’t need very much of each color (except maybe blue), because the template is not very big. I found an excellent printable for this from The Helpful Garden’s blogspot. She has tons of amazing (and free!) materials. Click here to download the Planisphere template. I definitely recommend printing this template onto cardstock paper for this project. This template is great for pencil coloring or watercolor work, as well!

Before starting the collage, make sure you cut out each half of the world. I also opted to use liquid Elmer’s glue and apply it with a paintbrush for precision. I think using a glue stick with this activity would get a little too messy.

After you’ve filled in the world with construction paper, glue the two pieces together, back to back. Punch a hole in the top, loop a piece of twine through, and you have a super cute ornament just like this:

Even though the end product is beautiful, this is definitely more of a process-centered art project. There’s just something so cathartic about making a collage. And this activity provides lots of fine motor skill opportunities for little hands! Tearing, cutting, gluing, stringing. Plus, it gives an opportunity to refresh your little one on the Continent names! Hang this in your child’s room. It looks adorable, your child will feel proud of the artwork they’ve created, and it will give you an excuse to touch on geography every day!

Definitely make sure you check out my video instructions on this, and take a peek at the other videos on my YouTube channel!

Hope you all have a lovely day! Thanks for stopping by and getting creative with me!