My kids love the occasional afternoon of painting, but the same old mediums get kind of boring for them. I struggle sometimes to keep art time fun and exciting without having to buy a billion new craft supplies that my girls may or may not like. Edible paint is one of those things that’s super popular with them—the idea of painting on food never gets old in their eyes. I mix up the colours, give them slices of bread, and let them paint and use cookie cutters to make shapes out of their art. We pack up the extra pieces of bread leftover from the shapes and save them for a day at the pond for the ducks.
Rainbow colours are easy to create using food dyes and gels. Colouring wise, food gels tend to have a more vibrant colour and are my go-to.
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- 6 cups milk
- food dye/gel provides the most vibrant colour; veggie dyes work as an all-natural, but less vibrant alternative
- cookie cutters (we used a rainbow, unicorn and star.)
- white bread (You can use any bread, but white bread will give you the most vibrant colour)
Step 1: Pour milk in a cup and add a couple drops of each colour of food dye.
Step 2: Cut out bread with the cookie cutters. White bread tends to be really soft, so press firmly and make sure the shape is cut before removing the excess. (Don’t forget to save the scraps for your favourite ducks and birdies.)
Step 3: “Paint.” My four year old wanted a blue unicorn.
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