Parenting Basics: How to Make Edible Paint at Home For Your Child

Most children like to taste everything. This is an unpleasant and sometimes hazardous aspect of their education and development, yet it’s also a critical element of it. This blog article offers a paint recipe for babies and toddlers that may be ingested, which is ideal for any guardian/parent with a kid below the age of three! ⁠Flour is the foundation of this recipe. I enjoy the consistency of this formula, which is thick and gloopy. Babies enjoy squeezing it in their palms.

Age bracket: 6 months +

Time required to prepare: 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tbs salt⁠
  • Small plastic containers
  • 3/4c hot water⁠
  • Saucepan
  • 3/4c cold water⁠
  • Wooden spoon
  • Whisk
  • Food coloring⁠ (5-6 drops)

Making Edible Paint: Getting Started

  1. In a saucepan, combine the flour plus salt.
  2. Add the water (cold) to the saucepan then stir until combined.
  3. Stir in the water (hot) until it’s mixed
  4. Set a pan over medium heat while the water is heating.. – It may take a few minutes for the mixture to reach spreading consistency. Immediately as it does, it will be thick. Remove the pan from the heat.
  5. stir in the food color

Preparing for play that’s a little messy

Edible paint seems to be a fantastic outdoor exercise because it will get filthy. – You don’t have an outdoor space? That’s a shame because that is the entire purpose of it! Perhaps you don’t have an outside area, strive to set up a place. Make sure the play space is free of obstacles. Avoid placing toys and other objects on the carpet since it will cause a hazard for your child. Alternatively, put out a malleable table cloth/towel to cover up the playing area in the bathtub. You might also try asking your children to put on old clothing or maybe an art smock.

As children adore it, try to accept the clutter as much as possible. However, I’m well aware that it can get rather intense at times! If you find it difficult to control, strive to put out a little amount of paint at a time before recharging the materials as required.

Taking Children’s Education, A Step Further

You may modify how you set this game up for various age groups.

The following is a few suggestions.:

  • 6 to 12 months: Raise the highchair to a comfortable height. You may set up the activity outside or in the bathroom if you are concerned about mess. Wrap a big sheet of paper or foil around the eating tray of your high chair. For a hands-on learning experience, fill tiny jars with paint and allow your children to play with their hands!
  • 12 to 24 months: Set the paint near some large paper boxes or big pieces of paper. If you’re not sure what else to do with the boxes, you might want to keep a few other recycled cardboard containers on hand just in case. It’s only natural for them to lose interest in cardboard. if they grow bored with it, you could attempt to get some plastic toys and paint them, then set out a bowl of soapy water for them to clean in. Although the bathroom isn’t a traditional space for kids, you may try this in there, where children can paint the walls of the bath and shower before washing it away! Painting with water-based paints is best introduced to this age group by allowing them to handle and touch it, but other equipment may also be provided.
  • 24 months+: You might also try the above combinations, then add in new tools as kids show interest. Spatulas, paint/pastry brushes, and chopsticks are all examples of tools that might be used for this purpose.

When your children are done painting, be sure to toss out the old paint and make a fresh batch the next time you might want to play with it!

Other Recipes for Babies and Toddlers

  1. Veggie Mix

Fruits and vegetables are one of the most common baby paint recipes. Carrots, strawberries, and broccoli may all be used to make orange, red, and green paints. To make the veggies into pulp, use a food processor. It’s a safe recipe because it has no negative health effects on infants. It’s a good opportunity for your youngster to have fun dipping her fingers in the ‘paint’ and creating.

  1. Spiced Yoghurt

This finger-painting recipe is a big success with my kids. Why not use yoghurt to make edible paint if your toddler enjoys the flavor? Dry spices, such as black pepper or ginger, will add texture to the mixture. They’ll also be of assistance with the senses. Choose items that go together and complement each other. Note that spices with a gentle flavor are recommended for this project. If your baby is allergic to spice, don’t add it to the mix.

  1. Sidewalk Chalk Paint

It’s easy to make and a lot of fun for your kid to use. To create the basis for sidewalk chalk paint, you’ll need three things: corn starch, water, and food coloring. This is a safe choice for toddlers just getting started with painting. Grated carrots and banana chunks can be added to make the paint more appealing. Make the letters of the alphabet with your child. You may also make a frozen version, which is ideal for serving during the summer.

  1. Pudding Paint

This finger-painting recipe for a 17-month-old youngster is also great for older children. Pudding paint may be made with yogurt for the foundation and food coloring. You may also add tapioca to the pudding, which is an easy way to make it more sensorial. Your infant may just swallow the whole batch of paint rather than using it to apply!

  1. Flour Paint Recipe

This is a simple, non-toxic finger paint recipe. It’s as simple as putting together some pantry items and whipping them up in a few minutes. If your child enjoys tasting things, use food coloring instead of liquid watercolors. You just have to combine the water, salt, and flour in a mixing bowl. You can also simply mix everything together with your hands until it forms a soft paste as discussed above.

Keep in mind that the resulting mixture may be a little thicker than what you can get at supermarkets when creating edible paint. Your kid will most likely not mind if it takes a little longer for the paint to dry; however, you should know that carpets are not perfectly absorbent. If you don’t want to make your own paint, activities, books and colors are still great fun ways to spend time with your child! They may be used to teach kids at a young age, and they aid in the development of literacy skills.