Toddler Activities

Edible Finger Paint

Painting is so much fun, especially for children. My toddlers are 18 month old and I just recently introduced them to finger painting and they can’t get enough of it!

The reason why it took me so long to acquaint them with such a fun activity is because I needed to find a safe/non-toxic and preferably edible paint for them.

You see, my kids put everything in their mouths and so I wasn’t going to risk giving them just any kind of paint.

Therefore, I tried making a few different kinds of edible paints but only found one that I really liked. It’s a super easy one and only requires THREE ingredients to whip it up!

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 But, before I share it, did you know that painting has many benefits for children?!

Not only does it occupy them for awhile but studies have shown that it works on their physical, cognitive, and emotional development as well as their imagination.

Physical Development

When a child engages in painting, they are working their large and small muscle development, as well as their eye-hand coordination. Using crayons, markers, and paintbrushes helps children practice the fine motor control they will need for writing later on.

Cognitive Development

Young children can learn the names of colors and shapes through creative art activities. They find out what happens when they mix two primary colors together and get a secondary color.

Emotional Development

Through creative art, children may be able to represent experiences that they cannot verbalize. They may draw pictures out of proportion, exaggerating things that are important to them. When we value children’s creativity, we help them feel valued as people, raising their self-esteem.

Here is what you need:

Containers (for the paint)

Food Coloring

Yogurt

Isn’t this a genius idea! Yogurt paint is toxin free and edible!

Also, if you don’t want to use artificial coloring you can buy different flavors of yogurt such as blueberry, strawberry, orange, ect.. and this way the yogurts would be already colored!

I hope your child will enjoy painting with this paint as much as my toddlers did!

Please tag #twintasticjourney if you try this edible paint, I would love to see your little Picassos’ working away!

Also, if you want more easy and quick activities, check out my recent post 10 Toddler Activities.

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