Edible Art Plus 8 Art Supply Recipes

Edible Art Plus Art Supply RecipesBabies, 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!

Edible Finger Paint
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Ingredients
  1. Corn syrup (thick)
  2. Food coloring
Instructions
  1. Put a good size blob of syrup on a thick piece of white or cream colored construction or craft paper.
  2. Add a drop or two of food coloring onto the syrup.
  3. Let your child have at it!
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Watercolor Paints
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  2. Several drops food coloring
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients together.
  2. Get out the brushes and paper.
  3. Have fun!
Notes
  1. This "paint" will be light in color and have a somewhat glossy finish.
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Whipped Cream Finger Paint
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  2. Food coloring
Instructions
  1. Put 1 cup of whipped cream in a mixing bowl and mix with electric mixer.
  2. Add food coloring until you have the desired color.
  3. Paint and have fun!
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Pudding Paint
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large package instant vanilla pudding
  2. 2 cups ice cold water
  3. Food coloring
Instructions
  1. Whisk instant pudding and water together in a bowl for 2 minutes.
  2. Refrigerate for 5 minutes.
  3. Divide the pudding paint into several small containers or a muffin tin and add different food coloring to each one.
Notes
  1. 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.
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Edible Peanut Butter Play Dough
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup peanut butter
  2. 1/4 cup honey
  3. 1/4 cup powdered milk
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized bowl, mix and knead all of the ingredients together.
  2. Play!
Notes
  1. Use raisins, chocolate chips, pretzels or other yummy snacks to add to your play dough creations!
  2. Do not store or reuse this play dough, this is one time use only!
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Mashed Potato “Clay”
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Ingredients
  1. Instant potato flakes
  2. Water
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. Cook according to package directions.
  3. Cool.
  4. Play!
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Applesauce Cinnamon Dough
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup cinnamon
  2. 1/2 cup applesauce
  3. 1 plastic zip lock sandwich bag
Instructions
  1. Pour cinnamon and applesauce into zip lock bag.
  2. Seal bag and knead until mixture turns to dough.
  3. Allow your dough creations to air dry for 12 hours or until hard.
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Cream Cheese Play Dough
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz. package of cream cheese
  2. 1/2 cup non-fat dry milk
  3. 1 tablespoon honey
Instructions
  1. Combine cream cheese, milk and honey in a bowl and mix until well blended.
  2. Mold sculptures on wax paper.
Notes
  1. 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.
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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!

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Comments

  1. says

    Thank you for the recipes! Lovely!

    At preschool and at home we make our own playdough completely out of eatable products. Kids love to help measure and mix!

    Another sensory activity is a No Sand sandbox!

    1 large storage tub (about 22 x 15 x 6 inch is a great size) with lid
    Flax seed or cornmeal (some use rice)

    Fill tub halfway and add spoons, cups, funnels, cars, anything to move, push and dig in the “sand”.

    Clean up is a cinch, a little sweeping and cover the bin until next time.

  2. says

    These are so easy and so fun! And we have the ingredients already — score. I’ve got to try some of them today.

    Thanks for the tips on food coloring, too — I’ve been curious about trying out natural dyes so it’s nice to have a chart handy!

  3. Dionna @ Code Name: Mama says

    You.Are.Genius. I think I might have to do a co-op preschool class using some of these recipes! Thank you for the inspiration.

  4. says

    Oooh, I love the guide to natural coloring! I think I’ll definitely have to try the fingerpaint; Miles loves painting on paper for about two minutes, and then himself for about twenty. (And most of his paintbrushes have disappeared. Go figure.)

    Thanks for sharing! 😀

  5. says

    Jennifer, you always take natural to a whole other level. As I was reading through this, I thought “hmm – what about the food coloring?”, and then “well, I guess it’s better than chemicals”. But no, you have a solution for that too! Your creativity and dedication are really inspirational. Keep at it please. Thanks!

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