Painting is super fun and we all know kids love it! Look away for just a nanosecond, however, and you’ll find paint everywhere… on the walls, on clothes, in hair and even in their mouths. That’s why we’ve put together some recipes for non-toxic paints that you can make at home and that kids can eat at will!
Beetroot, strawberry, mango, spinach or red cabbage. These paints take advantage of the natural colours of fruit and vegetables. They are delicious, nutritious and a lot of fun! Just blend the vegetables or fruit until you have a purée and add water until you get the consistency of watercolour. Strain the purée through a cheesecloth or similar lightweight fabric and check the paint’s colour and consistency. You can add more purée or more water to get the hue you want.
This is the easiest (and maybe the most fun) of all! All you have to do is add food colouring to water, put the different colours in ice trays and put them in the freezer. When they’re solid, just pop them out and give them to the kids. Besides guaranteed fun, the sensory discovery of ice can be very interesting for the little ones!
Spice paint is made with cooking oil and is a great option because it allows kids to play with colours while experiencing different aromas. To make this paint, just dissolve the spices (cinnamon, saffron, curry and paprika, for example) separately in cooking oil until you get the texture of watercolour. Although non-toxic, it’s not advisable to allow the kids to eat this paint in large quantities.
White yoghurt + food colouring: these are the only ingredients you’ll need. Just add a few drops of dye to the yoghurt and voilà! The result is an edible paint with wonderful colours!