Make Edible Finger Paint!


I’m looking forward to building my art collection, so I was really excited to introduce my son to this activity! I was tempted to buy finger paint, but since I knew a lot of the paint would inevitably end up in his mouth, I decided to make my own edible finger paint. I like this more because it’s free (as long as we already have the supplies on hand), and because it’s edible and washable. The paintings look nice when they’re dry, too. The colors are pretty bright.


What you need:

Choose your painting location–preferably in a contained space. We used the high chair. Easy to clean up, and the finger paint can’t run away and paint the wall.

Mix up some colored yogurt (a small amount of food coloring in the yogurt), give the kid some paper, and let them go! You don’t need that much food coloring because when the yogurt dries, the color is actually darker on the paper than it is when it’s wet. Also, you don’t want the paint to be so dark that it stains the kid and whatever he touches.

Alternatively, give your child the yogurt and stick him in the bathtub with no water and let him paint the tub. When he’s  done, just give him a bath. He’ll probably love washing the walls afterward, too, so this is double the activity.

This was my 18 month-old son’s first time finger painting, but he got the idea really quickly. Of course, plenty of the paint got into his mouth, but the beauty of this paint is that it’s okay to eat it! We used plain, unsweetened, unflavored yogurt, so it’s not so tasty on its own that the kid wants to eat it all and not paint with it.

Of course, you can adapt this activity to use what you have on hand. If you have pudding, use that. If you don’t have food coloring, use some cocoa powder to make brownish paint.

Cleanup is easy. Just use a washcloth/sponge, and soapy water. For the kid, depending on how messy he or she is, you might be able to wipe them down, or you might prefer to toss the kid into the bathtub. Because yogurt is a dairy product (and already sour-smelling to begin with), I advocate the bath afterward.


This activity gave us about twenty minutes of fun, but it was our first foray into painting, and he’s only 18 months old. For his age, he paid attention for quite a long time. Older kids might last longer.


What do you think?



  1. 11

    I was just talking with my mom about how I thought my son would like to finger paint and she suggested pudding which made me worry that he’d just eat it all instead. I didn’t think about yogurt! Thanks for the great idea! (and painting in an empty bathtub?! brilliant again).

  2. 12

    Nice, I think I’m going to try this with my son 🙂

  3. 13
    Kendra Lembcke says:

    Thank you!! Thank you for saying what the result is like. I was most curious was the finished product (if it dried good) was like when done if it was worth the effort! We’ll try it!! 🙂

  4. 14
    Joleen Ruffin says:

    I am going to try this out this weekend.

  5. 15

    What a great idea! I never thought about using yogurt before. Thanks!

  6. 16

    Fabulous! I could’ve used that when my son was smaller. Great idea!

  7. 17

    Excellent idea! It’s really so simple but effective, not to mention completely safe. It’ll get kids into arts even earlier, and the earlier the better! I will have to recommend this to my local daycare.

  8. 18

    What a cool idea-thanks for sharing!!!

  9. 19

    I am so happy you did this Heather my son loved doing this when he was tiny and we were just starting out with art. Great !

  10. 20

    absolutely brilliant! I have a 19 month old and this is perfect for him. I will be picking up the supplies in the morning!

  11. 21

    This is such a neat idea. I have never heard of edible finger paint. I am definitely going to have to do this activity with my sons. They are going to love this.