So obviously, I didn’t use regular paint for a one year old who puts everything in his mouth. I got an edible paint recipe from Stay at Home Educator. Take a look here for her post about her experience.
What you will need:
Long sleeved bib (optional)
So…I hate mess. Especially when it involves paint. I saran wrapped the table, then taped the piece of paper on top of it.
2 Tablespoons Corn Starch
4 Tablespoons Water
Mix all the ingredients together and you are good to go. To help start the ball rolling , I placed a couple of drops on the paper, and let my baby swirl the paint. He was so interested in the color, that he didn’t really eat it.
**If your baby has many food allergies, you may want to wait until your baby is a little older.
Couple Additional Tips
#1) Make sure you have everything ready before you place your baby in the chair, otherwise they will start pulling the saran wrap before you get the paper set up.
#2) Have a couple of pieces of paper stacked on top of each other so you can pull the top layer off when they are done. This way you get a couple of masterpieces to choose from or if they are all good, use them all!
Considering it was a crafts project, the clean up was not bad. Everything was on the saran wrap, and nothing was stained. His hands were a bit Hulk-ish but after a couple hours, his hands returned to normal.
Because we used cornstarch, the paint doesn’t come out in dark colors, but framed I believe it will give a sophisticated look. Don’t forget to put the date on the masterpiece so you can share it with your kid in years to come. I plan to do this every year until he refuses to so that we can see the progression of every year.
*Sorry the lighting in my room and my camera is making the image look more yellowish. I will update when I get these in frames.
Did you try it with your kids? What do you guys think? Any ways to improve this project? Don’t forget to share your baby‘ s masterpieces in the comment section below.