This post is by contributor Sarah! Below she shares how to use baby friendly paint for a fun window painting experience.
My baby girl is a very sturdy sitter and loves to sit and play. I’m always looking for new experiences for her. We have sliding doors out to our deck that she loves to look out. We discovered this is also a great spot to make some baby artwork! Right by the door was the perfect spot to set up a finger painting station.
If you don’t have a large, safe and accessible window to use for this activity, you could also do it in the bathtub, or right on a high-chair tray. The paint cleans up easily and quickly.
How to Make Baby Friendly Paint for Window Painting
First I made some taste-safe finger paint with the recipe and directions found here. Since only one child would be using the paint, I cut this simple recipe in half. Half of the recipe is about enough paint to fill a pint size mason jar. You can decide how much you’ll need.
Ingredients for Baby Friendly Paint:
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 ¼ cups of water
- A pot, spoon and whisk
- Gel food coloring
I followed the directions found here. As I wanted the paint to stick on the window without sliding, I let it thicken a little extra before I took it off the heat. I separated out a bit of paint into the sections of a muffin tin and then added a few colors. To cool the paint off, I stuck it in the refrigerator for a few minutes. Once it was cool, we were ready to go! I put the extra paint in a mason jar in the refrigerator to store for a few days.
Window Painting with Baby
We set up an easily cleaned surface for the baby to sit on right in front of the window and sat her down. I put some small globs of paint on the window and let her spread them around. She enjoyed the feel of sliding the paint around the glass. She didn’t try to stick her paint covered hands in her mouth. If she had, it would have been okay as she was using baby friendly paint that doesn’t contain anything harmful to eat. You must expect that this will be a messy play activity. It’s a great idea to do it right before bath time!
Have you ever made baby friendly paint? What recipe did you end up using?
Sarah Benton Feitlinger, M.Ed. is a former Preschool-6th science teacher, mom, blogger and science curriculum developer. She is passionate about educating children, and loves anything and everything science!Be sure to check out her STEAM activities for kids. You can find her writing on her blog Share it! Science, where she shares fun science activities, lessons, science news, book and learning product reviews and other resources for kids, teachers, homeschoolers and parents.