I’ve been wanting to finger paint with Little Miss F. for a while and finally saw my opportunity the other night. My husband was out so it was just me, LMF, and Digby. And...Little Miss F. was due for a bath.
Knowing I was going to use a yogurt based paint inspired by Jackie’s Neon Edible Finger Paint Toddler Activity from the I Heart Arts and Crafts blog, I needed to decide what type of canvas we would need. From our most recent move the movers left this giant roll of translucent packing paper. We, being the pack rats that we are, kept it. This was the perfect use! I just unrolled and laid it on the ground. LMF loved exploring the paper (paper is one of her favorite things). She lifted it up, crunched it with her fingers. She had a blast!
After getting LMF undressed and wearing only her diaper, I began scooping out the yogurt into small glass jars. Maria Montessori advocated for giving young children real objects to use. It demonstrates respect for young children and immerses children in the everyday life of family. These were very sturdy glass jars, recycled yogurt containers. LMF likes the feel of glass and it’s important for me to demonstrate confidence in and respect for Little Miss F. (Now, I say this recognizing LMF is not into throwing things, that is just not her style. I might think differently if she tended to toss everything she got her hands on...).
It was important for me to do the color mixing in front of Little Miss F. I wanted her to see me drop the food dye into the yogurt and mix it.
Next time I’ll likely try to mix the paint with something other than a spoon. LMF loves spoons and once she gets her hands on one she’ll carry it with her all day.
My friend recommend we try cornstarch paint next -- sounds like a plan! What is your favorite finger paint activity?
Digby eagerly joined in the fun. He loves Siggi’s coconut and vanilla yogurts. He did get a bit over eager at times licking up the paint before LMF could touch it.
Do you want to make edible, baby safe finger paint? Here is the Plan:
Food Dye (I used India Tree Naturals)
Canvas (can be anything--the bathtub, a plastic table cloth…
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