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Edible paint for nurseries

Get mark-making inspiration for your nursery with our edible painting activity.

Learning aims

Fruity painting at Heriot Hill Nursery
  • Promote healthy eating (with fruit paint!)
  • Create awareness and understanding of the world
  • Build relationships
  • Investigate and explore
  • Creative thinking.

Resources

  • Your paint:
    • Fruit paint:
      • Fruit with strong natural colours e.g. strawberries, kiwis, bananas, blueberries.
    • Cornflour paint:
      • 250g of cornflour
      • 2 ½ cups of cold water
      • Food colouring
      • Saucepan.
  • Small paint pots
  • A range of painting tools e.g. paintbrushes and spoons
  • Storage pots for cornflour paint
  • Tuff Tray/mark-making area.

Activity outline

This activity is suitable for both babies and toddlers.

  • Make your paint:
    • Fruit paint
      • Puree your brightly coloured fruit.
    • Cornflour paint
      • Take your cornflour and mix it with cold water and stir it until it has dissolved
      • Pour it into a saucepan and heat it gently (stirring all the time). After a few minutes the paint will thicken
      • Add a few drops of food colouring and mix well (or split the recipe and create a few different colours), add a drop of cold water if the paint is too thick
      • Use an airtight container or sealed jar​ to store the paint once cooled.
  • Put your paint into your small paint pots
  • Set up a mark-making area or Tuff Tray on the floor
  • Share your painting tools with your children and model how to use them
  • Encourage your children to explore the fruit paint with all their senses, to touch, taste and smell it and to talk about it while doing so
  • Comment on their play and facial expressions.

Special considerations

  • When choosing items to taste, take in to consideration any allergies
  • Be aware that some children may have never come into contact with some of the food
  • Make sure children are constantly supervised for choking risks
  • Ensure you have informed parents about the activities the children will be taking part in.

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