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Edible finger paint

Duration: any

Age: toddler, child, parent

Skill for Bub: Hand/eye coordination, Just for fun


Make your own finger paint in the kitchen that is safe even if the kids put it in their mouths.

You may not encourage your kids to eat this paint as part of their lunch, but you can be sure that if their hands end up in their mouths after a finger painting session, they will come to no harm. We’ve provided you with a few different options.

We hope the kids enjoy themselves!

Basic Finger Paint

Things you will need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1.5 cups cold water
  • Two-tablespoons salt
  • Food colouring

What You Do:

  1. Mix the flour, salt, and cold water in a saucepan.
  2. Beat until smooth.
  3. Add the hot water and boil it until the mixture is quite thick.
  4. Again, beat until smooth.
  5. Add food colouring and stir through.

For a slight variation, add some mild washing detergent to create a foaming bubble paint.

Yoghurt Paint

things You will Need:

  • Natural Yoghurt
  • Food Colouring

What You Do:

It doesn’t get any easier than this

  • Mix the yoghurt and food colouring together 

Jelly painting

things You will Need:

  • One pack of jelly crystals (or more if you want different colours)

What You Do:

  • Make the jelly according to the directions on the pack
  • Allow to set until the jelly has become reasonably gooey
  • Let the little hands dig in and slime away.