Finger painting is a great way for babies and toddlers to practice their creativity while having a blast. Since they have a tendency to put everything in their mouth, edible and non toxic paint is a must!
There are several ways to do this. When Isabella was about 9 months old I put some pureed sweet potato on her tray and let her go at it. She loved it but it was a TOTAL mess for me.
Now that she is older, I wanted to bring some color into it.
This is a recipe from The imagination Tree
Corn Starch Finger Paint
* 2 cups of corn flour (corn starch in the US I think)
* 1 cup of cold water
* 4.5 cups of boiling water
* Liquid food colouring
Mix the cornflour with the cold water and stir together. Pour in the boiling water and stir between each cup. It goes really strange (you are basically mixing a hot oobleck goop) but keep stirring and it literally seems to “melt” into a wonderful, custard-like consistency. We then separated it into individual jam jars before adding colouring, but you can do it however you like and this is the stage to add colour.
Get some paper or let them go out it on their highchair tray!
This activity helps with fine motor skills, learning textures and colors, cause and effect, and creativity!
A healthy variation on this could be to use greek yogurt mixed with food coloring for younger babies and toddlers alike.