My daughter is 8 months old now and super curious. I’ve been noticing she gets bored much easier lately, and a bored baby is a cranky baby.
Our house isn’t very big, and I try not to clutter it with tons of toys for her. Honestly, her favorite things to play with lately are pots and pans, bowls and boxes.
I’m a firm believer that less is more for little kiddos. When I was younger, although we had plenty of toys, my favorite playful memories were made using my imagination. Kids today have so much technology and so many toys around them that I think it’s a little harder for them to tap into this part of their brain than it was for us.
I try to encourage Victoria to use her imagination already. I set down in her play area a few toys and let her play on her own with whatever she chooses however she chooses. It’s amazing to watch her little brain work when I’m sitting back and watching her play independently.
The other day she saw me painting at the kitchen table and seemed pretty curious. It gave me an idea.
She loves sensory play so I thought finger painting would be super fun for her. My one hesitation was that she’s also still at the age where EVERYTHING goes in her mouth.
I have non toxic paints for her… but I just didn’t feel comfortable with my 8 month old put a handful of chemicals that shouldn’t be ingested straight into her mouth. I’m sure it will happen eventually but I’d like to avoid it for now.
I researched some options and finally decided to make my own.
I combined 3 simple ingredients
- Food coloring
In 3 ramekins I put about 2 Tbs of flour and slowly added some water and mixed the two until the mixture was the consistency of paint. Some I had to add more flour some I had to add a few more drops of water.
Once I got the right consistency I added the food coloring til I got the color I wanted.
I taped a piece of paper to her high chair tray, stripped her down so I wouldn’t have to do laundry, and let her get to work!
She immediately tasted every paint, and once she realized it didn’t taste like much got to painting!
She finger painted for about 30 minutes and then decided it was time to be done. But she sure made a masterpiece!
The paints wiped up easily off the high chair and a quick bath cleaned her right up! No staining no big mess. It was great!
I highly recommend trying this with your little one! The whole process of making the paint took less than 5 minutes and she had so much fun!
Happy play time!