To ward off the cabin-fever crazies, it’s good to have a stash of sensory activities for the inevitable rainy day. Check out this quick, frugal, and baby-safe play idea that’ll keep your little one mesmerised!
There’s plenty of edible finger paint recipes out there, but most of them rely on yoghurt as the base. If your little one has a dairy intolerance or allergy, this isn’t very helpful. Enter baby rice cereal edible paints, instead! Quick and easy to make, these brilliant little paint pots are perfect for developing your baby’s fine motor skills, colour recognition, and creativity.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Baby rice cereal
- Natural food colouring in a variety of shades
Firstly, mix up some rice cereal with plenty of water until you reach a consistency thin enough for painting. Next, add the colouring. For pastel hues, add a drop at a time, and for more vibrant colours, add 4-5 drops at a time, mixing and adding until you reach your desired shade. Hint: the brighter, the better, for babies!
It’s helpful to throw down a splash mat before you let your little artiste get stuck in, and even better if you do it outside. If weather does not permit, set up the creation station on an easy-to-clean, stain resistant floor, just in case!
Don’t forget to snap a few memorable pics of your little one in Jackson Pollock mode—and simply hose down both mat and baby in the bath after!