Saturday, January 5, 2013

Edible Finger Paints

This week Erik and I have been loving having lots of one on one time while Paisley is home for Christmas break and Daddy is at his office writing like a mad man to get his Master's thesis ready for editing before school starts next week. I decided to pull out an activity that Erik and I did months ago and give it another try. It was a hit (again), and it made me wonder why we don't do it more often. 

Have you ever wanted to let your little one finger paint, but you weren't sure you wanted to fight to keep it out of their mouth? I felt the same way. I came across this idea on Pinterest to make baby safe paint. All you do is take flour and water and mix it together until you have the consistency you want. Then you add in a few drops of food coloring and you're ready to go. On the original blog the poster had her children using this paint on paper like any other paint, but I knew we'd get way too messy for that. So here was my solution...
Bathtub Painting! Baby has all the fun he wants, and then I get to wash all the mess right down the drain!
Erik had so much fun with this activity! The little stinker was even smart enough to find a way to destroy my dreams of the mess just washing away with a quick swish of water. He decided that painting the outside of the tub was more fun. Oh well. 
 Finger painting is a great way to build a child's imagination and self worth through creative expression. It helps a child practice hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills while allowing sensory exploration.
Feel free to check out our other finger painting adventure here.

2 comments:

  1. This is a great idea! I can't wait to use it with my 2 year old, also named Erik.

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    1. I hope your Erik loves this. We've done it several times and it's always a hit!

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