Thursday, 4 August 2011

Edible Paint

Sensory play is a fantastic way for young children to come to appreciate and learn about the world around them. I just love watching Aniah explore new things from eating different foods to mushing her hands into unknown textures.

As you will see from this , painting can be a lot of fun with a small baby, and it doesn't need to be done with regular poster paints. Aniah loves to eat anything she is playing with, so edible paint was perfect for her. If you have young children, give this a go - it is quite messy, but they can have a lot of fun doing it and it's a great way for them to experience new textures and colours in a very non-toxic way!

What you need:

2 cups of corn flour
1 cup of cold water
4.5 cups of boiling water
liquid food colouring (go wild and try mixing colours together to get different shades!)


Mix the cornflour with the cold water and stir together. Pour in the boiling water and stir between each cup. It goes a really strange consistency but keep stiring and it turns into a wonderful custardy consistency. Then separate the mixture into different jars/boxes before adding your colours.

The kiddies had lots of fun getting messy and trying out the paint at the party.

It does take a while to dry, but when it does it creates a funky 3d effect :)


  1. How long does it keep? I tried this with cornstarch, let is sit for a week and it smelled "bad" when we opened it to play with.

  2. Yes, you're right. I made mine the day before the party and it was ok the next day, but I had to mix a little water in with it to thin it a bit as it had got thicker over night. I kept mine in the fridge for a few days, but it went bad after that. So I would recommend using it within a few days of making it. Hope that helps :)