Sweet Pea is 33 months old.
- Several slices of bread.
- Food Coloring (I highly recommend the gel type instead of the liquid drops that are shown in the picture.)
- 2-3 small bowls.
- Very clean paint brush.
- Fork or Spoon for stirring.
- Toaster (Optional).
- Pour milk into each of the bowls.
- Add a small amount of food coloring to the milk in each of the bowls to create a variety of different “milk paint” colors. Stir the dye into the milk until the paint in each bowl is one uniform color.
- Put a bib or smock on your tot and get him or her situated at the table.
- Put the bread, milk paint and brush in front of your tot.
- Let him or her paint on the bread with the “milk paint”. Flip the bread over for more fun.
- Toast the bread if desired and eat it. (We made a PB&J out of it.)
Observations: Sweet Pea’s was insane about this activity. I only let her paint 4 pieces because I didn’t want to waste the food, but she begged for more. I think she would have used an entire loaf of bread if I would have let her. Oh, and she also loved drinking the colored milk afterward.
The slices of bread turned out surprisingly pretty and Sweet Pea had so much fun painting them. I would highly recommend this activity for other tots.
Notes from the Trenches:
- The most important thing to note is that soft, semi-wet milky toast is really disgusting. Toasting helps some, but not much. I will spare you any sort of analogies to other non-food items, but Sweet Pea was sooo proud of the toast she had painted for me that I steeled my resolve and choked it down anyway. I really feel like I should get some sort of “Mothering Award” for eating the entire piece. Don’t tell your tot that you will be eating the rainbow toast or you too might find yourself cramming oozy wet bread down your gullet.
- Sweet Pea started begging me to make “Rainbow Toast” every morning until I sat her down for a little talk about the meaning of the phrase “only for special occasions”.
- I stained my butcher block with my (very old bottles of) food coloring because there were bits of dried food coloring stuck under the lids. When I opened them, the microscopic dye-dust fell off the lip of the bottles, and onto the counter. This dust was invisible until I swiped a dishrag across the counter and created my own little ‘rainbow’ all over the butcher block. I will never use liquid food coloring again. I threw away the box and will only use the gel stuff from now on. But even that will stain everything it touches.
Rating: 4 Stars * (Fun, Easy, Independent, Frugal)
Carnivals: This post is linked to Child Centered Art Party #13 at Art for Little Hands.