We all know that babies try to put all manner of things into their mouths, including objects they definitely shouldn't. But what do you do if you want to get creative with your little one and do a bit of painting? Why you make your own edible paint for babies of course!
Babies move at the speed of light when they want to, which means it's important to choose your arts and crafts materials carefully to ensure that your little one won't be at risk of harm, should they attempt to pop something in their little mouths.
It goes without saying that no paint should be ingested (by any of us!) but our DIY method for edible paint for babies is a completely safe option that requires minimal supplies to pull together, buying you invaluable peace of mind as a parent. We've also included some non-toxic paint options you can pick up online as an alternative too.
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Edible paint for babies method
1 cup of cornflour
1 cup of cold water
3 cups of boiling water
Liquid food colouring
Combine the cold water with the cornflour in a bowl until mixed together.
Add in one cup of the boiling water at a time to the cornflour mix, stirring in before adding the next one.
Pour the mixture into a saucepan over a medium heat until it begins to thicken to the consistency of custard.
For different colours, seperate the mixture into as many different bowls as you want colours, adding your chosen liquid colouring to each one until happy with the colours.
Once the mixtures have cooled, it's time to grab some paper and get creative!
Store the paint in separate jars for up to three weeks.
Non-toxic paint for babies
1. My First Crayola Mini Kids Washable Finger Paint
With squeezy, non-drip bottles for easy dispensing, this set of three paints easily washes off skin and clothing.
Review: "I brought it as it is washable and that is true. It is extremely easy to wash off your hands and I popped the clothes in a quick wash for 15 minutes in the machine and no stains on the clothes!"
2. Creative Deco Washable Kids Finger Paints
This six pack of paints can be applied with fingers, brushes, a sponge or more. The water-based formula means the paints are non-toxic as well as being easy to wash off.
Review: "I absolutely loved these paints for my 22 month old daughter. She had a lot of fun with them over the summer. Very thick, and great value for money."
3. Crayola Washable Fingerpaints
Offering six choices of colours, this fingerpaint comes in easy squeeze paint tubes for precise dispensing. It's washable too so your child can explore their creativity without making (too much!) mess.
Review: "Purchased for my 1.5 year old - excellent choice! These paints are perfect for making small art projects at home with little ones, and they really do clean up easily."
4. Tempera paint
This set contains a whopping 30 different colours including glitter and neon options so the possibilities really are endless. With brilliant, rich colours, they are acid free, non-toxic and eco-friendly.
Review: "Big selection of colours. Good value for money. My son loves to use it and paint."
5. Honeysticks Non Toxic Watercolour Paint
This palette contains eight vibrant and long lasting colours including yellow, red, pink, purple, green, blue, brown and orange. They're made using food grade ingredients, making them safer for children to use. Also includes a natural paint brush.
Review: "These pants are fantastic. They are safe so you don’t have to worry about any accidentally going in your youngsters mouth. They come in a lovely metallic tin. The colours are just enough to keep interest in the majority of paintings."
Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project.