Finger Paints and Stamping Fun!

I LOVE painting, and Caleb has been talking about painting a lot the last few days. First thing this morning I made a batch of my edible finger paint, and when my sweet boy woke up I surprised him with this painting station.

I really wanted to do more than just finger painting, so I grabbed straws and toilet paper rolls (two things I obsessively collect which drives Corey crazy) and stuck one of each into each of the six colors I made. I got Caleb naked, and gave him some paper. Then (last picture) I created examples to show him how the stamps work, and also to show him with the straw you can blow the paint around. He LOVED blowing the paint.

He really focused on the color red today. I was surprised. I made two purples and pink for him because he’s been so into them, but red was the cool color today.

After three of the toilet paper roll stamp paintings and one of the straw paintings I gave him a paintbrush. That’s what led to the second picture, and I loved watching him paint lines and then smack the brush against it like a stamp. It was cool to see that the concept we were working on really stuck with him. Lastly I took a straw and drew his name into his painting! I think once it’s dry we’ll put it on his bedroom door.

Originally I planned to do more. I was going to “stamp” his hand to make some Valentines Day cards, animal prints, etc… but he wasn’t having it. My normally messy loving boy really didn’t want to get his hands dirty today, so I didn’t force it. The paint only takes a minute to create anyway, so if he seems more willing later on, we’ll just do it then. I want to get some actual stamp pads and stamps. I think he’d love that, and he liked stamping his hand last Friday.

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DIY Educational Book Shelf!

Quite a while ago I bought this book shelf for Caleb. It was a dingy white with partially ripped flowers all over it. I was so sure that I’d be able to get some paint and work my magic on it… six months later, it was still just sitting around in it’s original state. This morning specifically we were just using it as a foot rest in the living room.

I looked up at this super cute snowman hand print project we did yesterday, and it just came to me. I grabbed the book shelf and brought it out to the table for a scrub down. Once it was clean, I put a quick layer of yellow paint over the whole thing. Then I traced Caleb’s hand, and made two of each rainbow color. Next I painted another layer of yellow paint, and placed the hand cut outs where I wanted him.

A few hours later I went back to it with a sharpie. The top hands spell out Caleb’s name, and each finger (as well as the purple heart) have the alphabet on them, and then the side hands have their color written on them with 1-15 written on the fingers. I’m debating on adding more, like maybe some shapes on top? I’m quite pleased with how it came out so far though. The last step, once I’m totally sure, is to modge podge the whole thing so that Caleb can’t rip the hands off, because that’s totally something he would do.

Either way, this was a wicked easy project, and has a lot of uses! Alphabet, spelling his name, counting, practicing colors, and holding some of his wonderful books inside make it totally worth it! What do y’all think?

Mixing Colors!

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When Caleb was 6 months I first posted about this edible finger paint I like to make for him. The other day we were feeling a bit creative (aka Caleb was trying to draw on everything in site) so I pulled out the paint, stripped him down (well, I threw this pair of boxers my nana gave him over his diaper so it wouldn’t get dirty), and plopped him into the high chair. I had some paperwork to fill out so while he was painting, I let him have at it so I could get my work done. He started out like any other day, pushing the paint around with his fingers and spoon. Then my curious little boy decided it would be so much more fun to toss the paper away and dump the paint right onto the tray to play in. This, was the first step to a great educational activity.

Mixing Colors

He started to mix the colors together so I put the paperwork aside and we talked. First we named the three main colors. Red, Blue, and Yellow. I asked him to mix together the blue and yellow. Once he saw the green, he shocked me by pointing out the fact that it was, indeed, green. He wouldn’t say the other colors but he would point to the correct one when asked. We mixed up orange and purple as well.

This simple activity, that didn’t take more than a few moments to transition into, was so much fun for the both of us. I could have just pointed to colors in a book or shown him a video. Instead though, he was able to see in front of his own eyes, using his own hands, how mixing two colors would create something completely new. I asked him today, totally to show off, not going to lie, what blue and yellow make. He said green. That’s so awesome to me.

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We made a little keepsake for this cool activity.

So now just because I can’t resist, here’s some of the paintings he ended up making after our little color mixing lesson. They were all created by him smacking (booming) the paint and then smacking the paper.

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Baby Safe, Edible Finger Painting!

Caleb Painting

Oh my goodness, this is the best thing I’ve made since I made, you know, my son! We had given our little man a pile of potatoes, a food he loves with all of this heart, the night before his six month half birthday. Yes, I cry just thinking about this fact. No, I’m not going to go on and on about it. I’m not a fan of crying! Anywho, Mr. Caleb just LOVED playing with the potatoes and smooshing them all around on his high chair. A nice shower was totally needed after wards but it made me think… Time for finger painting!

As all babies like to taste anything and everything they can get their hands on, I set out on a mission to make an edible but still usable paint. I went straight to Pinterest. Honestly, I was disappointed with most of what I saw. None of the things people were making had the same consistency as regular finger or tempura paint. If I was going to do this, I wanted to do it right. Finally I came to a recipe that seemed simple enough and the results looked like real paint. Not that the food coloring in potato idea was bad, Caleb would love it I’m sure, but I really wanted to have something that would last and not just chip away but wouldn’t dye him too badly either.

At last, here is the super simple recipe that we used. It was a total blast and I hope you have fun with it as well!

Ingredients:

1/3 Cups of Flour

2 TBSP of Sugar

1 Tsp. of Salt

2 Cups of Water

Food Coloring of Your Choice*

*You can use natural alternatives such as powdered juice, tea, or anything else you can think of. That way people with food dye allergies or sensitive skin can use it too.

Instructions:

Add all of the ingredients, besides the dye, together in a pot. Constantly whisk and let boil until the right consistency, something close to tempura paint. Afterwards, add the dye to the mixture. There is enough for six colors easily from this recipe. I ended up putting it in the freezer afterwards so I could use it right away. I recommend letting it cool by itself instead as it thickened quite a bit when I cooled it in the freezer.

Simple as that though. It doesn’t stain little one, it’s totally fine for them to eat, and it cleans up super easily. Never spend money on finger paint again!

 

Tell me how it went, share pictures of your little ones and their masterpieces. Thanks for reading! To reply privately, email me at sami.jordynn@gmail.com