Activities: Finger Painting With Food
Turn food into a work of art
- Painter:Your kid. As soon as your kid can sit in a high chair, he can do this activity.
- Paints:Pureed baby food and pudding. Jarred carrots for orange paint, peas for light green, chocolate pudding for brown, vanilla pudding for tan tones, blackberry sauce for purple.
- High chair:You may want to keep the mess contained and let your kid do his painting sitting down.
- Paper (optional):You can just let your kid paint on his high chair tray.
- Toast (optional):If you want him to eat what he paints, have him paint with a paintbrush on a piece of lightly toasted white bread.
- Bib:Or let your kid go topless for this activity.
- Gather up all the "paints."
- Take off your kid's shirt, or put him in an outfit you don't mind getting stained and dirty. Not that anything he wears is safe!
- Put your kid in his high chair (at a time other than your usual meal time) and pour a little of the "paint" onto the paper or tray.
- Show your kid how to "paint" with it. Draw a circle in chocolate pudding or a cat out of carrots.
- If he painted on paper, hang his masterpiece up on the fridge for an edible art show.
- If he painted on toast, have him gobble his art up.
- Then wash your kid's hands—and face and chest and toes—and put on a fresh outfit (if he'll let you!).