Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Painting with a Baby or Toddler

Painting can be a lot of fun for your child and a joy to watch for you! Noah's adventures in painting began when he was about 9 months old. I made his first set of edible finger paints from yogurt. It was so simple: just take a few tablespoons of your baby's favorite yogurt and mix it with a drop or two of food coloring. Then, sit them in their high chair and let the finger painting fun begin!

Once Noah got a bit bigger, we started painting with water using a paintbrush. This was always a great rainy day activity and so easy to clean up. Just make sure you use a dark colored piece of paper so your child's masterpiece will show up on the paper.

At about 14 months old, the moms in our play group got brave enough to try real paints with the kids. We used washable non-toxic paints and rolled out a very long piece of paper outside. We squirted a few blobs of paint at several locations on the paper, and then let the kids go! They used the paint brushes, foam stampers and of course their fingers to paint. We had them in just diapers and rinsed them off with water once they were done! 

Last week, I decided to try a new recipe for edible finger paints with Noah, and he loved it. It was so easy to make too. You simply combine: 2 tablespoons flour (we used a Gluten Free mix with almond flour in it since Noah is currently off gluten and dairy-more about that in a later post), a little bit of water and a few drops of food coloring. The consistency should be like mustard. Noah loved the thickness and texture of this finger paint. He also liked the way it tasted. I did put Noah in the tub after this activity to rinse him off since he painted his leg and had the edible paint all over him. He was a beautiful mess!;)

Please feel free to share the ways you get your child engaged in painting!

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