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I would like to do something along the lines of finger painting with my son. He is eighteen moths old, so things still go in his mouth. I want to make sure whatever goes into his mouth is not going to upset his tummy. I have been looking for fingerpaints for him for a few weeks, but no luck so far.

What kinds of things can I use to make finger paint for him that will not taste yucky or hurt him ?????Thanks !
 

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Here you go:


Playgough
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 cup oil (I usually use canola, but any is fine)
Mix all ingredients in a large pan. Cook over med. heat, stirring constantly until stiff ball forms. Remove from heat. Put on cutting board and knead in food coloring (or Kool-aid, which gives very cool color and scent too!) until evenly mixed. Keep at room temperature in plastic bag or air-tight container. Usually last several weeks before it gets grungy.

I think it would be fine for a 13 mo. old, even if she ate some, there's nothing in it that would hurt her. I think we started playing with it about that age.

Here's a simple finger paint recipe:
mix equal parts tempera paint, liquid starch and ivory soap flakes. I couldn't find soap flakes at my grocery store, so I just used the starch and paint and it worked ok. If you get special finger paint paper it works better, the paper is really smooth and glossy so the paint glides on really nice. It's kind of expensive though, so I usually just end up using construction paper.
 

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I just posted one under "What do you do all day with your toddeler?" But I'm not sure if it's what your looking for. It probably wouldn't be good to eat. What about pudding? You could thin it down with a little milk if it was too thick. If you wanted some non-food like colors, you could always add a little food coloring to vanilla pudding.
 

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Edible Finger Paint:

1 Package of instant vanilla pudding
2 cups ice cold water (chill water in freezer for 10-15 min)
Food coloring (optional)

1.Mix pudding and water using wire whisk for 3 min.
2.Divide pudding into several bowls and add different food coloring to each one
3.Chill in fridge for an hour
4.Paint!!!!
 

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Depending on how messy you want to get,this can be fun for kids to paint "jewelry" on themselves (or Mom!!)

Face and Body Paint

3Tbsp shortening
1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
Food coloring
Paper plate

1.Mix shortening and cornstarch until smooth
2.On a paper plate seperate paint into 4 sections
3.Add a few drops of food coloring to each one,mix until blended
4.Use a make-up sponge or Q-tip to apply
5.(Now the good part) It comes off easily with a soapy washcloth.

Also you can add glitter to the paint for an extra "sparkle".
 

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Also (sorry for hogging so much of this thread!!) he seems like a good age for a "sensory bucket".You can fill a bucket full of fun things like oatmeal (dry!),rice,lentils,seashells,beans,ect.Or things like dirt,sand,ect.Or for a wet one, you could fill it with soapy water and let him try to make things"float".Good luck,and have fun!!!
 

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Thank you all so much for the ideas. The weather is supposed to get yucky again, so I will be using some of these ideas out after we become stuck inside .

Do you think crayola paints would be ok to use as well ? Part of my problem is that I would like to make a picture to send to my Mom. Any ideas ?

Thanks !!!Rebekah.
 

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What great ideas!! I love to visit this site. DD is 19 mos, but about two months ago, I started putting peas in a small box...little bigger than a shoe box and she loved it. She loves magnets on the fridge, playing at the sink (can't wait to see the water bill!!!) for a younger baby you could fill some tupperware with water and give to them in a highchair or on the floor with some towels. Some of the things are messy but are worth it if it gives me some time to get things done. Lately DD has been enjoying peeling onions. I keep them low and she goes in every once in a while and takes the paperlike skins off. I stop her before she peels to far. I end up vacuuming after most of these activities, but like I said...it's usually well worth it. Thanks again ladies for the great ideas.
 

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1/2 cup liquid hand soap(clear or white)
1 teaspoon cornstarch
food coloring
combine the soap and starch ins bowl and divide in small containers add the food coloring a drop at a time. ( you may want to test this on a small are of the tub .
 

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Yesterday we taped two old computer boxes together to make a house. We added a door and two small windows. Eli (20mos.) spent hours sticking things through the windows, playing peekaboo with us, and eventually coloring the outside and inside. It was the first thing he wanted this morning, and again it consumed an hour while I cleaned the kitchen and made lunch.

-jeanie
Ps. I should give Michael credit- it was his idea.
 

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How about employing a baby-loving pre-teen to visit for an hour or so once or twice a week? When I had only one child, she found me a little dull by about mid-afternoon, and the arrival of a twelve year old who loved to make silly faces, build towers over and over, and arrange cheerios into interesting patterns was welcomed by both of us. We started out by all playing together, but after a few visits, I would drift away and have a cup of tea, or sometimes even read a book. In our neighbourhood, this is considered part of a babysitter's training, so the pre-teens covet the opportunity to play with a little one while the mother is around. Some mothers don't pay the babysitter, but some do.
 

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We keep two paper recycling bags in the house: one in the kitchen and one in the room next to our computer. My 18-month old dd loves to study the boxes, junk mail, etc. and usually asks for crayons. She adds her own scribbles and can spend up to an hour spreading the papers everywhere and showing me her artwork. It's the only way I can ever check my e-mail!
 

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Karen-great book that helped me out immensley with your same whoas...

The Toddler's Busy Book
By Trish Kuffner

It has been a life saver!!
HTH
 

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Karen- are you anywhere near Norwalk,Ct.? If so , have you checked out the children's museum-Stepping Stones? It's great for a toddler-they have toddler terrain and waterscape and some other great areas that ds just loves.We got a membership for a year for a $100 which was actually a really good investment.Rainy or cold or just plain bored days are good there.I always am ready to leave before ds.I'm sure he could stay for hours.I expect to be there on the really unbearably hot days too. KIm
 

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Originally Posted by b'smom View Post
Home made playdough is fun too, let me know if you'd like a recipie.Cathy

Yes - we would love the recipe for home made play dough.

DS is 15 mo and eats everything ... I want to try it. But I think if I put him in his high chair to play he would think he was supposed to eat it!!
 
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