Make your kids’ snack time more colorful with edible paint! You only need three items to make this yummy soda cracker painting project a hit in your own home.
My older kids, 4 and 2, were anxious to get their “activity” on, and had been begging to paint for a few days. After seeing this milk color swirling activity on Pinterest, it got my creative juices flowing to make a whole event out of painting with food colors.
We started out with the rainbow milk science activity, which held their attention for about 10 minutes and then moved on to the main event, soda cracker painting with edible paint!
Ingredients for making edible paint:
- food colors (gel or liquid)
Materials you’ll need for soda cracker painting:
- small plate
- small bowl or ramekin
- edible paint recipe (see below)
- popsicle sticks (for small hands)
- toothpicks (for older children)
- soda crackers
- kid-sized aprons or bibs
How to set up your soda cracker painting activity:
Protect your kids’ clothing by tying on an apron or shirt-like bib. (Love these bibs for the younger ones!) Place all materials on the table and talk to your children about colors. Allow them to choose their favorite color for the painting.
Add a tablespoon of honey to your child’s bowl and a tiny bit of food coloring. Give the tot a popsicle stick to stir up their edible paint. Set their soda crackers out on a plate in front of each child and allow them to paint and experiment making designs on their crackers before eating them. If your kids are like mine, they’ll be “painting” their lips too!
NOTE: This edible paint works great for finger painting too! For babies and tub time play, check out our favorite recipe for baby-safe edible paint.
For more fun activities to keep you kids learning and entertained, follow my Preschool and Tot School board on Pinterest! Follow Jellibean Journals | Parenting, Recipes, and Cloth Diaper 101’s board Tot School & Preschool Ideas on Pinterest.
Chelsea @ Life With My Littles says
Cute! This looks so fun! I bet my kids would love coloring their food and still getting to eat it!
Yep, this honey paint is a great way to lengthen snack time, especially if you have a couple of chores to do while they sit ’round the table! (Gotta love high chairs and the fact that your kid can’t escape!) Thanks so much for popping by, Chelsea. It’s a pleasure to hear from you.
Alli Smith says
That looks like so much fun and I love the bright colors. I always have liked playing with my food. Looks like your kids are having a blast.
Thanks, Alli! I was surprisingly delighted to see that my little people didn’t even manage to make much of a mess with this honey paint since it doesn’t splash or spill easily. Win win! Thank you for taking a moment to stop by today.
Carmen Perez (listen2mama) says
This looks like such a fun idea. I never did try food coloring with my daughter when she was little, although she definitely loved painting, LOL!
Alyssa @ The Plucky Introvert says
This looks like a blast! I played with my food so much as a kid that I usually ended up making art out of more than I ended up eating. I would have loved an activity like this!
Cute crafts like this make me wish my boys were little again. I know there are lots of readers out there that have littles that will really enjoy this. It is perfect for St. Patty’s Day!
Cute idea! I never thought about using honey, I’ve used yogurt in the past. I would do this everyday, if it wasn’t for the clean up!
Yep, we’ve done yogurt paint too, especially when my kids were smaller. In my experience, honey is easier to clean up because they can’t spill it and make a mess. It runs soooo slowly.
Thanks for providing the recipe for edible paint. My daughters would love a project like this!
Hope you give it a try, Tee! It’s a delicious project.
Miles L. says
This looks like a fun activity for my kids. I haven’t thought of this and I’d love to try it.
Dallas-Fort Worth Health and Fitness Blog says
This sounds like a great idea. Plus, it can double as their afternoon snack. I’ll have to let my 4 year old do this.
Franc Ramon says
This one’s really fun for kids and really creative. They get to paint their crackers and also eat them after.
Michele D says
What a cute activity for the kids. It looks like fun. I bet my kids would love it. Anything with painting, they enjoy it! Thanks for sharing.
Yep, my kids are into painting right now, that’s for sure. I’m still trying to convince my youngest that dot markers are like paint because it’s just so convenient!
I used to teach preschool. I can tell all kids would have a blast doing this. But this is great for preschool teachers.
Mimi Green says
This is a really cute idea, my daughter loves to paint so this would be hilarious for her. I like that it requires minimal effort.
I like the minimal effort too, Mimi. I know that I’m not the only mom who wants to sit out an activity in just a few minutes that will entertain for many more.
Susan Quackenbush says
What a cute idea! This is something my grandchildren would absolutely love to try! I will have to give it a whirl next time they’re over, thank you for sharing! 🙂
Susan, you’d better be ready to win the “favorite Grandma” badge when you pull out the snack painting for your grandkids!
Awww this is so cute! I love any way you can sneak art into every day things! Plus I’m sure th kids love eating their creations!
Jessica Simms says
Wow this is a great activity to do with little ones, I will have to do that this weekend with my kids. I think they would have a great time.
Miranda (Anosa) says
Looks like your kids had a blast with this activity, I do not yet have kids but hope to do such an activity with my future kids.