Toddler Art with Flour Paint

 

After his very first craft a few weeks ago {check out his Pumpkin Suncatcher – it’s super cute}, I thought N might be ready for his first art activity.

For paint, I definitely wanted something taste-safe. I initially thought about yogurt paint, but I really didn’t want paint that actually tastes good. I settled on homemade flour paint with food coloring: Simple, completely taste-safe, but not particularly tasty.

 

My toddler's first art project with super simple, taste-safe, and vibrant homemade flour paint!

(N was 1 year and 2 months old.)

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Materials for Toddler Art with Flour Paint

  • Flour.
  • Water.
  • Food coloring. {I used gel food coloring and was very happy with how vibrant the flour paint turned out with very little coloring. Regular food coloring will work, too, or you can use liquid watercolors if your paint doesn’t need to be taste-safe.}
  • Cups to hold the paint.
  • Paintbrush(es) (optional).
  • Cardboard to paint on.
  • Shower liner or similar to cover the ground (optional).

 

I decided to make two colors only, and just a small amount of each. I used one heaping tablespoon of flour for each color and added a little more than 2 tablespoons of water each. I added color by stirring the flour paint with a toothpick I’d stuck into the icing colors. That’s how little it took. The recipe is incredibly forgiving, just get it to a consistency that will spread easily but isn’t too watery.

N liked it a lot. He even started using the foam paintbrushes I’d provided right away. On the cardboard!

 

My toddler's first art project with super simple, taste-safe, and vibrant homemade flour paint!

 

Of course, it all turned into a sensory activity quickly.

 

My toddler's first art project with super simple, taste-safe, and vibrant homemade flour paint!

 

He never actually painted his body, but he still managed to get very … uhm … colorful 🙂

 

My toddler's first art project with super simple, taste-safe, and vibrant homemade flour paint!

 

In between his sensory exploration, he kept going back to painting with the paintbrush.

 

My toddler's first art project with super simple, taste-safe, and vibrant homemade flour paint!

 

It was equal parts toddler art and messy sensory activity. Really messy 🙂 We both loved it!

 

My toddler's first art project with super simple, taste-safe, and vibrant homemade flour paint!

 

Check this out: Not only did I get a beautiful vibrant yellow and blue, they mixed to a gorgeous green!

 

My toddler's first art project with super simple, taste-safe, and vibrant homemade flour paint!

 

I honestly anticipated some staining since I used food coloring, but the paint actually came out very easily.

 

At what age did your kids start doing art activities? Have you tried flour paint? Leave a comment below!

 

Looking for more about homemade paint?

Learn Play Imagine has a flour paint recipe that also includes oil.

Tinkerlab adds salt and paints with squeeze bottles.

I also have a few other homemade paint recipes (not as toddler-friendly as this one).

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. I am petrified to try painting with my twin boys!! they are 1yo and and I am honestly scared of how much mess they will make!! I am hoping I can do it with them soon!!

    1. Oooh, yes, having double the … uhm … activity would be challenging! I think if you were able to do it outside, with just a limited amount of paint, and as few clothes on everyone involved as possible, you may be able to do it without going crazy? Or get a second adult involved. Good luck, let me know how your boys do 🙂