Babies, toddlers, preschoolers and even school aged children are known for their love of arts and crafts. The messier they are the better.
Messy arts and crafts sometimes mean that little fingers full of paint, glue, clay, or other materials end up in the mouth. Sometimes the art supplies themselves end up in the mouth.
I don’t know about you, but I absolutely do not want any synthetic concoctions, chemicals, or questionable substances entering my little girl’s precious body. My solution? Edible art!
Edible art is just as fun, if not more fun than your standard art store fare. Edible art supplies are easy to make with your child and even more fun to use with your child. Sure, some of these art supplies are sugar laden but I would rather see a little sugar pass my child’s lips than obnoxious chemicals no matter how “non-toxic” they supposedly are.
Here are a few of our favorite edible art recipes! Give them a whirl! I guarantee your child will love them!
- Corn syrup (thick)
- Food coloring
- Put a good size blob of syrup on a thick piece of white or cream colored construction or craft paper.
- Add a drop or two of food coloring onto the syrup.
- Let your child have at it!
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- Several drops food coloring
- Mix ingredients together.
- Get out the brushes and paper.
- Have fun!
- This "paint" will be light in color and have a somewhat glossy finish.
- 1 large package instant vanilla pudding
- 2 cups ice cold water
- Food coloring
- Whisk instant pudding and water together in a bowl for 2 minutes.
- Refrigerate for 5 minutes.
- Divide the pudding paint into several small containers or a muffin tin and add different food coloring to each one.
- This makes a thin paint. If you want a thicker finger paint texture, just mix up the pudding as per package instructions or buy the canned, ready-made pudding in the grocery stores.
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup powdered milk
- In a medium sized bowl, mix and knead all of the ingredients together.
- Use raisins, chocolate chips, pretzels or other yummy snacks to add to your play dough creations!
- Do not store or reuse this play dough, this is one time use only!
- Instant potato flakes
- Make as little or as much of this clay as you want. Simply use about 2/3 of the water called for in the recipe to give the potatoes a thicker, more clay like consistency.
- Cook according to package directions.
- 1/2 cup cinnamon
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1 plastic zip lock sandwich bag
- Pour cinnamon and applesauce into zip lock bag.
- Seal bag and knead until mixture turns to dough.
- Allow your dough creations to air dry for 12 hours or until hard.
- 8 oz. package of cream cheese
- 1/2 cup non-fat dry milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Combine cream cheese, milk and honey in a bowl and mix until well blended.
- Mold sculptures on wax paper.
- Storage: Unused portions MUST BE STORED in an airtight container and kept refrigerated! Because cream cheese is perishable, use the expiration date on the cream cheese package as your guide for how long you can keep this play dough.
About food coloring….
I am not a fan of store bought food dyes. I prefer to make my own. Not only are they safe and easy to make, but the colors are so rich!
Below is a chart offering some basic natural coloring options.
|Desired Color||Food to Add||Amount to Add per 1 Cup of “Material”||Other Instructions|
|Yellow||Turmeric (stale is more flavor neutral)||1 tsp||Add a small quantity of milk to get to desired consistency|
|Baby pink||Raspberries||Mash and strain juice from a dozen fresh or thawed frozen raspberries|
|Pink||Currants||Blend handful of currants in a blender and add directly|
|Blue/purple||Blueberries||Mash and strain juice from a dozen fresh or thawed frozen blueberries|
|Dark pink||Blackberries||Mash and strain juice from a dozen fresh or thawed frozen blackberries|
|Pale green||Avocado||1/4 avocado mashed and added directly|
|Green||Kale||2 tsp kale juice (make with juicer)|
|Brown||Chocolate||Cocoa powder to desired shade of brown||Add small quantities of milk or brewed coffee to get to desired consistency|
|Brown||Coffee powder||Coffee powder to desired shade of brown||Add small quantities of milk or brewed coffee to get to desired consistency|
I hope these recipes offer some fun inspiration for getting crafty with your little one!