Wanting to paint with your baby or toddler, but she still puts everything in that little mouth of hers? 

Good news, you can make painting edible! It’s super simple and tons of fun. Suitable for toddlers and babies that are on solids.  

We do edible painting a lot in our house, because my little girl is always wanting to paint, but little man still tries to eat everything. So, it’s really a win win. 

Keep reading to learn how you can make your own edible painting. 

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DIY Edible Painting

Here’s how to make DIY edible painting for babies and toddlers. 

Materials Needed

You don’t need much to make your own edible painting. All you need is: 

  • Yogurt: We went with organic whole milk yogurt from ALDI.
  • Food coloring: You can find natural food coloring that is free of artificial dyes at your local health food store or on Amazon.   
  • Bowls and spoons: You’ll need a few for mixing your “paint.” 
  • Basting brush and/or paint brushes (optional – you can always just do edible finger painting!) 
  • High chair tray or cookie sheet pan: The yogurt doesn’t really stick to paper, and this isn’t really a craft that can be kept. Another great option is to paint in the bathtub. 

As soon as you have all of your materials gathered, go ahead and start mixing your “paint.” Let your toddler help you stir up the colors. 

I really love how vibrant the colors turned out. I think the kiddos did too. 

Time to Paint

The kiddos always have a blast doing edible painting. We do always make sure to do it when daddy isn’t home though, because yogurt mess makes him cringe! 

To start with, I just placed a dallop of each color on the kids’ painting sheets. We just used the high chair tray for little man and an old cookie sheet that’s designated for crafts for my 3 year old. 

They quickly started creating! Little man painted with the basting brush for a little bit. 

My 3 year old loved this same activity when she was one as well! 

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Brush painting turned into finger painting, and things started to get a little messy. And, you better believe, some tasting was being done. 😉 

The kids played and painted for a good 30-45 minutes. I’d say the only downside to this activity is cleaning up the yogurt mess. But, like mentioned earlier, you could always do your edible painting in the bathtub and have a quick cleanup! 

All in all, this was a super, quick art activity that was perfect for my toddler and my “baby.”  

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Have you tried edible painting with your littles? Share your favorite edible art projects with us in the comments below, and be sure to share this post with all your new mama friends. 

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  4. Pamela on May 22, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Does it dry like normal paint

    • Nicolle on May 23, 2020 at 9:01 pm

      Unfortunately, no. This does not dry like normal paint and doesn’t make a keepsake. This is more of just a fun activity that has to be cleaned up right afterwards.

  5. Alexis Stone on April 30, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    I love this idea for my 7 month old! Does the food coloring stain the high chair try, though? I imagine sans clothes is best 😉 Thanks!

    • Nicolle on April 30, 2020 at 9:32 pm

      Thanks Alexis! I can tell you that the plant-based food coloring we used did not stain the high chair tray. I’m not sure if synthetic food coloring would or wouldn’t though. And yes, it can get pretty messy, so sans clothes is best. 🙂

    • Bridget on June 9, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      I would wrap the tray in Saran Wrap or glad press and seal for an easy clean up with no stains!!

      • Nicolle on June 10, 2021 at 1:57 pm

        What a great idea! I haven’t had any issues with stains using plant-based food coloring, but that would certainly make cleanup easier and be a full-proof method for stains no matter what type of food coloring you use.

  6. Melanie on February 10, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    My grandson is allergic to milk what can be substituted for yogurt?

    • Nicolle on February 11, 2020 at 8:00 am

      Hi Melanie,

      You could try almond milk yogurt or coconut milk yogurt instead. 🙂

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