baby-safe two ingredient edible finger paints

This is not my usual post, but since I am a mom now and since it’s too chilly still to do all those fun outdoor activities, I’d thought I share a fun indoor idea for the kiddies that Luca and I did today. Since my son puts everything (literally…evvvverything!) in his mouth, I worry about fun arts and crafts activities and how toxic some of the materials can be. So here’s a fun (edible!) idea for those rainy and chilly stay-at-home days! Baby-safe Two Ingredient Edible Finger Paints!

Colors of the rainbow, with only two ingredients and totally baby safe!

Colors of the rainbow, with only two ingredients and totally baby safe!

A little creativity for a Thursday afternoon :)

A little creativity for a Thursday afternoon 🙂

Here they are, the magic two!

Here they are, the magic two!

It’s really as simple as this: sweetened condensed milk and food coloring. That’s it! While I know it may not be a healthy snack, (c’mon it’s really not meant to be!) it’s safe enough that if baby does get some in his/her mouth, you won’t feel totally overwhelmed and worried! Here are some tips from our first art extravaganza!

One happy artist :)

One happy artist 🙂

1. Get your materials ready…make sure your paints are made, towels are laid out, wipes are handy, and your camera is near-by…trust me!

2. Know your baby…No one knows your little guy better than you. While I had bought large construction paper, I knew my little buggy would be ripping right through it in no time so I had some mini canvas’ on hand as well. They are inexpensive and you can get them at any Walmart or craft store. Plus, they make a great keep sake!

A little (or a lot!) of mess leads to a ton of smiles and giggles in our house...well worth the clean-up!

A little (or a lot!) of mess leads to a ton of smiles and giggles in our house…well worth the clean-up!

3. Embrace the mess!…This is sticky and messy, but so well worth it. I had bath time all set up so as soon as we were done, we didn’t contaminate any further than we needed to! I made sure it was nice and warm in the house and let Luca go in just his Pampers Couture. I was worried about the food coloring staining, but once it was mixed in, I really had no problem getting it off with just soap and water. (*Note: I’ve heard vinegar and baking soda work well to get dye off skin, but I’m kind of glad I didn’t have to use this on my little man’s sensitive skin!)

Here’s our beautiful, one-of-a-kind finished products…

A work of art! Small canvas made a perfect platform for Luca to get messy.

A work of art! Small canvas made a perfect platform for Luca to get messy.

Although he ripped right into the paper, what's left is actually a pretty neat piece of art. I think I'll mount it on another colorful background and up on the fridge it'll go!

Although he ripped right into the paper, what’s left is actually a pretty neat piece of art. I think I’ll mount it on another colorful background and up on the fridge it’ll go!

We really had a lot of fun experimenting with some new sensory items and making a mess in the process! I’ve seen these paints made with homemade food coloring, powdered frosting, and all sorts of other ingredients but this suited us just fine. For more great ideas, check out my new favorite website addiction Learn Play Imagine.

Eat Well (and play messy!),

Stephanie a.k.a. Messy Mom a.k.a. The Foodetarian 🙂

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