Super Easy DIY Edible Paint Recipe for Babies & Toddlers

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Are you ready to embark on a fun and safe creative adventure with your little artist? Look no further than this simple edible paint recipe using cornstarch! Making your own paint is not only fun and engaging, but it’s also a safe and tasty way to let your kids explore their artistic talents. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through an easy-to-follow recipe for making edible paint using cornstarch, so you can enjoy colorful and imaginative moments together.


Why Edible Paint?

Edible paint is a fantastic option for kids, especially babies, toddlers and preschoolers who are still prone to putting things in their mouths. This homemade paint recipe provides a worry-free experience for parents, caregivers and teachers while allowing children to explore their creativity through art and taste.

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Food coloring or natural coloring alternatives (beet juice, spinach juice, etc.)
  • Small mixing bowls
  • Whisk or spoon for stirring
  • Paintbrushes
  • White paper or edible paper (rice paper, wafer paper) for painting

Step-by-Step Guide To Make This DIY Edible Paint Recipe

1. Prepare the Corn Starch Mixture:

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine equal parts corn starch and water. Start with around 1/4 cup of each to make a small batch of paint.
  • Mix the corn starch and water together until you get a smooth consistency.

2. Adjust the Consistency:

  • If the mixture is too thick, add a little more water and stir until you reach the desired consistency.
  • If it’s too thin, add a bit more corn starch and mix well.

3. Add Color:

  • Divide the corn starch mixture into separate bowls for each color you want to create.
  • Add a few drops of food coloring to each bowl and mix until the color is evenly distributed. For natural coloring, you can use vegetable juices or purees.

4. Get Creative:

  • Lay out white paper or edible paper for your kids to paint on. Edible paper is a great option if you’re concerned about your child consuming the paint.
  • Provide your kids with paintbrushes and let their creativity flow as they paint their masterpieces using the edible cornstarch paint.

5. Let it Dry:

  • Allow the painted creations to dry. Keep in mind that cornstarch paint may take longer to dry compared to traditional paint, so be patient.

6. Display and Enjoy:

  • Once the paintings are fully dry, display them proudly! You can hang them up, use them as placemats, or even frame them as edible art.

Tips for Success:

  • Supervision: Always supervise children during art activities, especially when they are using paint or consuming anything.
  • Variety of Colors: Experiment with different food coloring shades or natural color alternatives to make a vibrant palette.
  • Edible Paper: If you’re concerned about consuming the painted paper, opt for edible paper (rice paper or wafer paper) that your kids can enjoy along with their artwork.
  • Cleanup: Cleaning up after the activity is a breeze since the paint is safe to ingest. Simply wipe down surfaces with a damp cloth.

Creating diy edible paint using cornstarch is a fantastic way to encourage sensory exploration, creativity, and bonding with your children. This simple recipe allows your kids to experience the joy of painting while having a safe and delicious treat at the same time. So roll up your sleeves, gather your supplies, and get ready to create edible art that’s as fun to make as it is to devour!

Age Suitability

This activity is good for toddlers aged children 18 months old and up with adult assistance.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is high.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!

Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers

There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!

But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.

Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.

Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again! 

These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!

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Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

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Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles tha. t show them how to think outside the box.

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Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 airs in the summer of 2023! We were also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.

Curious Crafting is also now airing in Australia on ABC! Watch it here!

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 


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