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
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