Art with Babies, Paint Play

Taste Safe Watercolor Painting

Usually, we do wet on wet watercolor painting with proper diluted watercolors, but since baby sister has joined in we’ve temporarily switched to taste safe paints.


You can make this paint at home with two ingredients: food color and water!


This process based art play is a great way for your 1-6 year old to experience color without focusing on line and shape. The wet paint dances across the wet paper beautifully as the young artist leads its movement. I set out some form of wet on wet painting for my little artists each week.

The same paints set up for my big kid after baby was finished

Instructions

  1. Set up the paint play invitation by taping watercolor paper to a table (a wall or floor for baby or use a watercolor sketch book as pictured here) and wetting it with a sponge.
  2. Model the possibilities of how to use the materials
  3. Let your child explore.
  4. Your child can be invited to draw on top of the painting with crayon or colored pencil when the paint is dry. I usually offer just a few colors for this, within the color theme. Today we focused on warm colors.

This is one ingredient away from chalk paint (also taste safe). Save your leftovers and add cornstarch next time for some beautifully vibrant chalk painting outside!

I hope you are able to help your littlest artist begin her exploration of artmaking with taste safe paint soon. Enjoy!

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