Finger painting is a classic as far as kids art projects go. Why not let your baby join in on the fun?
For preschoolers, one of my favorite finger painting activities is letting them dive into a tray full of shaving cream, but that doesn’t work for babies who put everything in their mouths. Babies need something that is completely safe if (more like when) they put it in their mouth so for them, edible finger paint is the way to go.
There are several ways you can do this. Pudding works well and will even mostly dry if you have your baby “paint” on a piece of paper with the pudding. I went with whipped cream to introduce my 11 month old to her first art project.
One thing you will want to consider before doing this is whether or not your baby has any allergies. Definitely avoid ingredients your baby is sensitive to or hasn’t been introduced to yet. My baby has been fine with most foods so far so I wasn’t worried about using whipped cream. If you want to avoid sugar, you can whip your own cream and leave out the sugar.
I’ve mentioned a few of my favorite sensory activities for babies before, but one of the reasons I love sensory activities is because babies learn so much by using their senses and exploring the world around them. You don’t realize how much they pick up from touching, smelling, listening to, looking at and tasting things until they don’t do it. My second son was diagnosed with sensory integration disorder when he was just over 2 and he experienced several developmental delays because he didn’t get out there and explore the world with his senses.
Finger painting with edible paint may not leave you with something to hang on the fridge but art at this age is all about the process rather than the end result.
Granted, your baby WILL need a bath after this.
But that’s another fun sensory experience!
What is the earliest art project you did with your infant?