Edible Finger Paint Recipes for Infants & Toddlers

A list of edible finger paint ideas to make at home. Non-toxic, safe to use with infants and toddlers.


For infants, who haven’t been introduced to food yet, put finger paint inside a sealed ziplock bag. Ensure to tape the seal of the bag and to the floor. Great for tummy time!


As early as 6 months of age, infants can start to finger paint. Provide a small amount of edible finger paint to infants. Start to use the fingerpaint. This is a great way to encourage infants and toddlers to explore with fingerpaint. Ensure to keep encouraging with words and smiles regardless how messy it gets!


Use red, yellow and blue food colouring since there will be colour mixing during the finger painting experience. Substitute food colouring with cooked ,mashed foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, green peas, blueberries. Use other types of foods, if there is food intolerances or allergies.


Different areas for messy finger painting fun include bathtub, high chair tray, window, shower curtain on the floor, a tarp outside.


Enjoyable, safe painting experiences with infants and toddlers!


Homemade Finger Paint

  • 1/2 cup flour

  • 1 cup warm water

  • 1 or 2 drops food colouring


Mix the flour and warm water until smooth. Add food colouring.


*Tip: Can substitute with gluten-free flour


Corn Syrup Painting

  • white corn syrup

  • few drops of food colouring


Stir food colouring in the corn syrup.


Tip: Have a wet towel ready for sticky hands.


Pudding Painting

  • pre-made pudding mix

  • 1 or 2 drops of food colouring


Mix vanilla pudding with food colouring or simply use chocolate pudding!


Yogurt Pudding

  • vanilla yogurt

  • 1 or 2 drops of food colouring


Mix yogurt and food colouring together.


Condensed Milk Painting

  • 1 tbsp., of sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 or 2 drops of food colouring


Mix condensed milk and food colouring together.


Applesauce Painting

  • applesauce (any brand)

  • 1or 2 drops of food colouring


Mix applesauce with food colouring.

Rice Cereal Painting

  • rice cereal

  • water

  • 1 or 2 drops of food colouring


Mix the rice cereal with water (as directed on the rice cereal box) until thick.


Oatmeal Painting

  • plain oatmeal (already prepared)

  • 1 or 2 drops of food colouring


Mix the oatmeal and food colouring together.


Enjoyable and safe painting experiences for little ones!


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