Science at Home: Exploring color with baby-safe paint

Science at Home: Exploring color with baby-safe paint

Baby-safe paint

This infant and toddler-safe paint contains just 3 ingredients! Easy, messy fun with your little one.

I was single-momming last week while Stefan was on a work trip to Boston. As my 9-month-old has made clear to me, I’m the boring parent. Great for cuddles and stories and songs, not so great with adventuring. That’s Papa’s department.

I decided to make things interesting with a substantive science lesson on subtractive color mixing. Okay, maybe not. I whipped up some baby-safe paints and we got messy!

Three ingredient baby-safe paints
I whipped up some baby-safe paints with just flour, water, and food coloring.

These were super easy to make. Just 3 ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/4 c. water
  • food coloring (2-3 drops)

Amounts are for each color. I mixed the flour and water first with a fork to get them well-blended. Then I dropped in a little food coloring. You could also add pureed fruit to get some natural color and transform the paints into a tasty treat.

3 ingredient baby-safe paint
Each tupperware tub has 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup water, and 2 drops of food coloring.

Now as you can imagine this kind of activity gets messy! I stripped Alex down and set him in the tub before pouring out some of each paint. He loved spreading the colors with his hands and sliding around in the goop. When he was done, I washed the remaining paint down the drain and we moved on instantly to bath time! Easy peasy!

Alex with baby paints
Alex, channeling his inner artist.

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