I love playing with my kids. There is something so fun, so enchanting, and so humbling about watching them discover and how as people, all while being immersed in their imagination. As a parent, it is so joyful to be up to my elbows in clay, dirt, and water alongside my children as they learn and expand their horizons. That’s why we love making our own toys and play materials like dye for projects like Easter eggs and play dough. This homemade edible finger paint ranks high on our list. It’s an easy project to throw together in the desperation of cabin fever or a rainy day. Made with food and natural ingredients, it’s also edible, which is super helpful if you have fast, little hands ready to taste test everything they encounter! 😉
“Remember when our kids were born . . .
And we were going to do ALL THE THINGS? Like, play Mozart at breakfast to prime their brains for a baby pilates session conducted exclusively in French? And then life happened and two years later we find ourselves saying things like “why are you wearing two left shoes?” and yelling “MAYDAY! MAYDAY!” through a baby monitor?*
Yeah, me too.
These days, life is a blur of early morning snuggles and texting my husband photos of random items our toddler jams in the dishwasher when I’m not looking. And art, because there’s something magical about how quiet the room gets when everyone in engrossed in their own creative project.
The thing is . . .
My toddler’s favorite mode of participation seems to be, um, eating the supplies, which limits what we can use.
Inspired by one of my favorite books, Tinkerlab, I recently worked out a completely edible homemade finger paint recipe that only requires two ingredients. Although in the past we’ve used regular flour and gluten-free flour to make things like homemade play dough, my gluten-free attempts at paint were either gritty or difficult to work with. And then I got an idea – YOGURT. It works beautifully, and is pretty tasty too depending on what you use as coloring. The littlest potami gives turmeric a thumbs up for consistency but a thumbs down for flavor. He thought the red was pretty yummy, though!
Oh, and if you love this recipe make sure to check out my homemade edible face paint and moon sand. They’re super easy to make and perfect for fostering creative play.”