Young kids love painting, but when they are really young (under 3) they tend to like to taste the paint too. That’s why you need this easy edible paint recipe! Painting for kids goes through a progression of age appropriate activities. This taste safe paint is great for finger painting and this edible paint for babies can wow your toddlers too!
Follow along with our directions to make your own homemade edible paint that is taste-safe, chemical-free, and technically edible (although I don’t advise serving it as a meal to your child).
Want to make your own edible paint at home? You just need a few ingredients, and you probably already have everything you need right now in your kitchen! You’ve learned How to make play dough recipe, how to make puffy paint, How to Make Homemade Bubbles and used numerous science projects, but have you ever tried to make edible paint?
What you will need to make the edible paint recipe:
Gather your ingredients before making this homemade edible paint.
- Corn starch
- Gel food coloring
- Small pot
- Small containers (to hold the finished paint)
- Watercolor paper
Directions for making homemade edible paint:
Mix up your paint using the following ratios:
- 2 parts water
- ½ part corn starch
- 1 teaspoon or a tablespoon of sugar, depending on how much paint you’re making.
Boil your water on the stove. You can make as much or as little paint as you want using this recipe, but it won’t keep for very long, so I recommend only making enough to use in one session.
For our recipe, we used 2 cups of water and ½ a cup of corn starch with a teaspoon of sugar.
Once the water boils, add in your sugar. Let the sugar dissolve.
Sprinkle in the corn starch and whisk it to prevent clumping.
The mixture will start to thicken right away, and eventually turn into a clear slime-like substance.
If you don’t want a thick edible paint texture, use even less corn starch than we did. This will make your paint squeezable and a bit runny, while ours was thicker and felt more like finger paint.
Scoop the undyed paint into your containers. We used pickle jar lids and made the basic colors of the rainbow, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.
Use a fork to mix in your edible paint colors of choice.
Once the edible paint is completely cool, allow the kids to paint with it on watercolor paper.
You can also use regular paper, but the high moisture content of the paint may cause the paper to tear.
Edible Paint Clean-Up
This paint may cause some staining on fingers or clothes, due to the use of gel food coloring. If you don’t want the paint to stain fingers or clothing, you could try using liquid food coloring in smaller amounts.
Using less food coloring will make the colors less vibrant, however.
If food coloring stains fingers, simply wash with warm water and soap.
Some food coloring will wash out of some types of clothing, but some won’t. To be safest, dress your children in old clothing when using this paint, or make sure to provide painting smocks for the kids.
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Have you tried making homemade edible paint before? Do you have a favorite recipe?