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I love to make things as simple and as easy as possible. I also love to make things for my kids that are edible. When I was standing in front of the pudding at the store, it occurred to me that I could just add some food coloring to individual cups of pudding, and we’d have instant finger paint — that you could eat! Why hadn’t I thought of this sooner?
DIY Edible Finger Paint with Pudding Cups
- Vanilla pudding cups
- Food coloring drops
To make these finger paints takes just a few moments. I used the food coloring drops you can find in the baking aisle. We used the neon colors in purple, pink, green and turquoise. I also picked up the non-refrigerated pudding cups in regular Vanilla flavor. It seemed to be the whitest color for the food coloring to show through. Here is a table for the drops I added:
Purple: 15-20 drops
Blue: 15-20 drops
Green: 25-30 drops
Red (neon pink): 20-25 drops
Simply remove the lids of the pudding, add the drops, and stir thoroughly. Add a small spoonful of each color to the paper. Then, it’s time to finger paint!
We found they work best on glossy finger paint paper, which you can find at the craft store. I thought the only downside to this pudding paint idea would possibly be clean up.
When I was at Walmart the other day getting the pudding, I saw these PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes. They’re brand new and you can use them on hands and faces! They come in a canister and you usually find them in the household cleaning aisle.
They are formulated to remove soils and kill illness-causing germs on the hands as well as maintain skin condition. PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes are perfect for those moments when you need to both clean and sanitize your hands.
A recent study at the University of Arizona showed a significant reduction in risk of infection with use of PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes at home at least once per day. These wipes are great at reducing germ transmission with the added convenience of removing soils.
When it was time to clean up. Molly insisted on licking her fingers. She was able to clean her face and hands all by herself with the wipes, and she was very proud!
Here’s a video to show how easy these finger paints are to make and clean up with PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes!
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Dr. Charles Gerba, et al., Univ. of AZ, Hand sanitizer intervention in homes, Aug 2013, Nov 2014
My kids would LOVE this. What a fun idea!
Wow! I just love those bright colors. How fun for your kids!
This is a brilliant idea 🙂 What a great way for the kids to have some creativity!
I am over the top WOWing this.. Brilliant idea, amazing pictures and awesome awesome video!
This is such a great way to encourage kids to be a little messy! Using the pudding cups they love is genius! And, I’m definitely going to pick up some Purell hand sanitizing wipes to go with this project!
Ha ha that’s the cutest idea I’ve seen lately. I’ve got to do this for the kids, they will think I’m the coolest gram gram in the world. And I am ;).
Finger painting is always fun with the kids, though the mess can get crazy sometimes!
Cool idea. Always handy to have wipes.
Well that’s pretty neat! Finger paint that tastes like chocolate! I do wonder what it looks like after its gone through a child’s system though. That could be frightening! LOL!
Fun! I love edible paint! The last time my son had that much food coloring… um… things came out very BLUE! 🙂 🙂
Edible paint! What fun! 🙂
This is just brilliant! I never would’ve thought of making your own edible finger paint. Genius! Also that video is ON POINT again!
This is a brilliant idea. I love that the paint is edible too. The wipes made for super easy clean up too.
I saw this on social media this morning and showed my son who was awed. I think it’s a fun/great idea, and hurrah for easy clean up.
Edible paint.. whao.. that’s a really neat idea. Will be trying this out with the kids.
Wow – that is way cool – tasty, fun, safe and easy – great idea!!
Nice! Fun craft! Will have to try the PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes!
Ya but u cant keep the painting….lol what sbout having a painting to hang on the fridge and keep forever.lol
I don’t keep all their artwork. This is great to display for a few days and then we trash it.
Am I the only one that realizes that this will stain EVERYTHING?? It’s food coloring!
I think it’s great to let kids get messy some times, so I just lay out newspapers under the finger paint paper. They wear old clothes, so it won’t hurt if they get some on them. When my kids were done finger painting, it was an easy clean up and no stains were left on their skin.
Um. No. Sorry, but all that good coloring in the pudding? I suppose you could use a natural pudding and natural food color…I sure as heck wouldn’t give my children the artificial stuff. Those food dyes are proven to cause cancer (look it up for yourself, you’re more likely to believe it). And don’t get me started on the Purell. Hand sanitizer is one of the worst things you can use to keep your family healthy. It kills ALL types of bacteria, good and bad, and this has given rise to super bugs like MRSA. My family never uses it and we are rarely sick. Good diet and hygiene (wash with soap and water) are much better at keeping you and your family healthy. I agree the finger paint idea is a good one, but the execution and clean up could use some work.
Thank you for voicing your concerns! I think it’s a fun way for my kids to play, and I thought other moms would like the idea as well. I think it’s wonderful we can all make different decisions about our kids and feel good about our own parenting.
Does it actually dry to the paper?
Yes, it dries just like regular finger paint.
I just want to thank you for responding to criticism as an adult and leaving no room for offense in you’re response! I found that blue berries and raspberries color it pretty good if you smash them up. I’ll figure out something for some other colors. You definatly inspired me to figure it out. Awesome idea and thank you so much!
I bet strained blueberries or raspberries would color it beautifully. Good luck!