It’s no secret. Babies are messy! It was no surprise to discover a recent study published in Developmental Science found “smashing, throwing and playing with food actually helps babies learn.” We’ve been encouraging the baby to play, even though it means multiple, and I mean stacks and stacks, of outfit changes a day. One great way to encourage food play is edible finger paint. Unfortunately for us, the baby has food allergies. We experimented and found a gluten free, dairy free and soy free edible finger paint recipe. She can literally have her paint and eat it too.
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How to Make Edible Finger Paint
This is the easiest recipe ever! It calls for two or three ingredients and can be made in minutes. Extra unused “paint” can be stored in the fridge for up to 48 hours. You’ll need:
1/4 cup Coconut Based Yogurt (find it in the refrigerated section with the regular yogurt)
Unsweetened Powdered Drink Mix in different flavors (We used cherry, grape, lemonade and orange)
Food Coloring in different colors, optional (we didn’t use it)
Other optional ingredients: 1/4 cup cornstarch if you want to make it thicker, small amount of sweetener of your choice if the flavor is too tart
Small bowls and an old sheet
Directions To Make the Edible Finger Paint:
Divide the Coconut based Yogurt equally into four small bowls. Use approximately 1 ounce per bowl. Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened powdered drink mix to each bowl. Stir until mixed. Add food coloring, corn starch or sweetener if desired. Blend until mixed.
Place the bowls on an old sheet, add the baby and let them “draw.”
Want more fun sensory play ideas for babies? Dr. Dyan Hes, Medical Director of Gramercy Pediatrics, and named a 2013 top doctor by NEW YORK magazine, agrees messy babies are happy babies. She shared these tips to use for sensory play:
1) Use “Finger Food.”
“When snacking, start counting with your little one and encourage them to use their fingers. Also, this is a great time to use food to help them learn how to properly grasp things.”
2) Use Bath Time as Playtime.
“Bring fun toys and activities into the bath and let your child splash around and have fun. Make sure to use warm water (vs. hot) and use a mild cleanser to keep skin soft and itch-free. Gently pat skin dry and end with an after-bath moisturizer to seal in moisture and protect baby’s soft skin.”
When you and baby are through playing, don’t sweat the mess. You can use Dreft Active Baby detergent to help remove 99 percent of baby food stains and other outdoor messes. No mess detergent that’s gentle and hypoallergenic on baby’s sensitive skin? That’s a win in my book.
Do you think you have the “Messiest Baby?”
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What is your favorite baby sensory play activity?