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Simple Finger Painting for Toddlers with Edible Finger Paint You’ll Love

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Finger painting for toddlers is a great sensory activity, along with a great beginning art activity for them. Make art time extra kid-friendly with simple DIY edible finger paint!

As George is getting older, it’s getting more interesting to keep him entertained during activities with Henry. Especially art activities. Because he’s usually stuck in his high chair with nothing to do.

To solve this, I included George in the activity this time. I made my own finger paint. It’s an edible recipe found At the Butterfly Ball. Look below for a quick list of the ingredients.

Simple Finger Painting for Toddlers with Edible Finger Paint You’ll Love

I love homemade, edible paint, just in case George eats it. I could have also used our Crayola Finger Paints (affiliate link), they’re non-toxic and I’d feel okay if George put some in his mouth.

Make homemade edible finger paint and create tape resist letters (and anything else you'd like) with your toddler!

This recipe made nine baby food containers of finger paint. I made the paint myself and left them uncolored.

We’re getting a kick out of making our own craft recipes. they’re usually super easy and only include stuff you’d normally have around in your cupboards.

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Make homemade edible finger paints with your toddler for sensory art fun!

Make Homemade Edible Finger Paint with Your Toddler

To make your own paint (just like At The Butterfly’s Ball) and do this tape resist activity, you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 3/4 cup cold water + 1/4 cup cold water reserved
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • food coloring
  • small containers
  • spoons or craft sticks
  • painter’s tape
  • construction paper

Check out the original activity as seen on At the Butterfly’s Ball!

Mix the cornstarch and 2 3/4 cup water in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil.

Meanwhile, soak the gelatin in the additional 1/4 cup of water.

When the cornstarch mixture boils and turns clear, remove from heat and add the gelatin mixture. Stir to combine.

Cool it off and separate into your little containers. Add food coloring!

Make Tape Resist Letters with Homemade Edible Finger Paint

When Henry got home from preschool, I let him stir colors into the finger paint.

I taped down the letter “H” and “G” onto pieces of scrapbook paper beforehand.

Henry started into his paint right away. Spooning and dumping the paint out in globs and globs.

We used spoons and fingers to mix and paint. You could also use craft sticks or sturdy paintbrushes.

Homemade edible finger paint is perfect for toddler art activities!

I just let him do as he pleased and tended to George.

George didn’t know what to think. He loved squishing in the homemade edible paint!

Homemade edible finger paint to make tape resist art with toddlers

And he did manage to sneak a mouthful of paint. Only once though. It must not have tasted so good.

Meanwhile, Henry kept globbing on the paint with his spoon.

Create your own tape resist letters or designs using homemade edible finger paint

He eventually did put down the spoon and got his fingers, hands, and arms in the paint.

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Henry thought he was being hilarious when he smacked his painting over and over, sending splatters of paint everywhere.

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It left a pretty neat mark on his paper though. I wanted him to leave it, but kept my mouth shut. He went onto smearing it.

Everywhere.

He maybe even went onto George’s painting a little.

I really did enjoy both the boys painting side by side.

Henry really enjoyed doing it with George. George probably would’ve rather been eating though.

Tape resist painting using homemade edible finger paints

When Henry was finished and George had enough, I hung their paintings to dry.

The papers were soaked! They took the entire day to dry.

Once your tape resist letters are dry, peel off the painter’s tape. You’ll see the paint-free letter shapes that were covered by tape! So cool!

Tape resist letters using homemade edible finger paint

I framed Henry’s H in the 12×12 Scrapbook Frame (affiliate link) that I have. Eventually, I’ll need to grab another frame so I can hang these in Henry’s and George’s rooms.

Create tape resist letters with homemade edible finger paints!

I found the recipe for Homemade Finger Paint from At the Butterfly Ball. Head over there to see how they used their homemade edible paint!

You can also substitute the food coloring for poster paints, but it won’t be edible then.

How do you make art activities more toddler or older baby friendly? We’d love to see your creative ideas!

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