Summer is hot and the kiddos are often up for some sort of art activity. I saw this Scented Edible Finger Paint activity over on Fun At Home With Kids and I was immediately intrigued. I haven’t done a lot of hands on texture activities with my youngest because everything goes in her mouth. She absolutely loved this and even better, all the other kiddos in the house were begging for their turn when they saw how much fun she had!
What you need:
- Plain yogurt – you can even get vanilla if you want them to eat it
- Kool Aid (1 packet of every color you want to create)
- Plastic bags
- Masking tape – to tape down the paper
Step 1: Prep your bag. Use a cup to hold the bag open so you do not have to fight with it while you are adding the yogurt and Kool-Aid. It’s so much easier when you have kiddos helping add the ingredients.
Step 2: Add 1/4 cup yogurt and Kool-Aid color of choice to the bag. We only had to use 1/2 a packet of Kool-Aid and 1/4 cup of the yogurt lasted all 5 of the kiddos and we still had extra of all the colors. It looks pretty cool when you add the color!
Step 3: Seal the bag and let the little helpers squeeze away. Everyone loved mixing the colors and it felt so good since it was cool and we are in the middle of our hot Arizona summer.
The colors were so fun to line up!
Step 4: Tape the paper down to the table or sheet on the floor to keep it in place and lay out the colors of choice. And plop down a little of each color for your little artist to create with.
Let’s just say she loved it and since it smelled so good, she had to tasted it (see first pic below). LOL She discovered the plain yogurt was sour and did not tasted as good as the smell! I’m sure if we used the vanilla there would not have been any left for the bigger kids to paint with!
Tips and Tricks + The Big Kiddos Get a Turn!
After watching my youngest all the older kiddos could not wait any longer. We did half sheets for each of them and for my sanity only 2 at a time! And of course, everyone wanted to taste the finger paint, which was totally okay and the sour faces were awesome to watch. 😉
How To keep it Organized and Clean
To keep everything clean and organized, I discovered using a large baking sheet lid (this is for the cupcake tray) helped keep all the colors visible and the yogurt in the bag. No dripping all over the place = a sane me!
What Is The Best Paper?
With the toddler we used the butcher type paper, similar to printer paper, and it lasted her experimenting, but barely. With the older kids we used construction paper and although it looked like they would not last they did and dried way better than expected.
And even better they still smell great dried!
The BEST smelly Artwork for sure!
What They Will Learn
- Experience texture and temperature
- Practice with color
- Introduction to many scents
- Play with taste buds, too, if they get to tasting it
What is your favorite art to do with kids?