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!
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!