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Paint is not food, or is it?

January 31, 2013 - Jen Zbozny
Whip up some indoor fun for your kids with this edible finger paint idea. Every once in a while, kids need to see that rules have exceptions, right? It helps them when you have to make sudden changes or be a little bit inconsistent. This yummy fingerpaint recipe can provide a good, memorable example of how sometimes, like in grammar, the rules don't consistently apply. In this case, yes, you CAN eat the paint, and it tastes GREAT!!

There are two ways to whip up quick and easy pudding fingerpaint for your kids. It takes about 20 minutes, plus cooling time. In either case you will need:

liquid food coloring


something the little ones can smear the pudding onto besides their shirts - styrofoam plates work well because they're nice and slippery and wash off easily so you can re-use them.

something to put your different colors of pudding paint into - we cut up sections of the divider from a box of chocolates. A muffin tin would work well too.

The first method uses a packet of instant vanilla pudding. Follow the directions to make the pudding.

The second method uses ingredients you already have in your house and doesn't require a special trip to the grocery store. If the kids don't use all the pudding for paint - you can make a pie! Or just eat the pudding...

Here's how to make your own pudding:

2 whole eggs

2/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup flour

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups milk

Whisk together the eggs, sugar, flour, and vanilla in a medium saucepan. Add the milk slowly, while whisking until everything is smooth and combined. Heat over medium high, stirring requently until the mixutre boils and thickens. Remove from heat. Pour into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap such that the wrap directly touches the pudding. This keeps it from forming a skin. Sorry, Granny. Granny loves the skin but it doesn't go well in the paint.

Once the pudding cools, scoop a little pudding into different bowls or sections of a muffin tin. Add food coloring to make desired colors.

Hand it over to your little buddies and tell them "Yes, you CAN eat the paint", but only this kind. I took some photos of our pudding paint before it got gobbled up. It's so lovely!


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