Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fingerpainting for Babies

Who says babies can't fingerpaint? A little ingenuity and a willingness to see your child (and floor, and any adjacent surfaces) covered in muck, and you'll have yourself a fun-filled half-hour or so with your little munchkin.
Although non-toxic poster paint/acrylic paint is, well, non-toxic, I still feel apprehensive about letting Ava anywhere near it. Especially whilst she's in the 'how-can-I-fit-everything-in-sight-into-my-mouth' phase. So I mixed a bit of plain flour with some water and food dye, and came up with my own version of fingerpaint which is safe for babies. It's not a substitute for actual fingerpaint though (ie: the stuff you would use for your toddler, or for use on paper), but it served my purposes just fine.
The paint:

 Having a great time making a mess:
 I like this, Mummy!

My 'recipe' was as follows:
  • 1 and a half cups of flour 
  • 1 cup of water.
  • Food colouring
Mix well, and add food colouring as preferred.


  1. Did this dye her hands all sorts of awesome colours? :P

  2. Nope! I don't know why, but I've never had any probs with hands or clothes being stained from food dye...maybe that's the plus side of using the cheapest stuff possible for craft!


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