Scented Edible No-Cook Fingerpaint

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All jokes aside, no we don’t drink the Kool-Aid around here. But sometimes for coloring craft projects, it’s the best option to achieve bold, bright colors. I knew Veronika would probably end up eating some of the “paint” for this craft, therefore, but a little doesn’t hurt!

To set up, spoon non-dairy yogurt onto plates or cups (I didn’t measure exactly, but would guess I used about 1/2 cup yogurt per color). Add a packet of Kool-Aid mix to each portion, and stir to combine.

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I then dolloped smaller portions of the paint onto parchment paper in front of Veronika as her artist’s palette. I only made three colors, but you could easily set up a full rainbow!

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I encouraged her to swish fingers through the paint and smear it over the craft paper I laid out. We turned the blobs into fun shapes like a yellow sun or a red flower.

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Of course she did also very quickly discover that the paint was delicious. Which means we had some of this…

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…but an equal amount of this.

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Well, snack time and craft time were both taken care of!

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Painting Bag

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Here’s a quick variation on an old idea, a safe way to let a toddler paint with no mess. In the past, I’ve sealed paint in a zip-top bag for Veronika, but this time there was a secret piece of colored paper underneath. A colorful surprise was waiting with each line she made!

To set up, place a piece of colored construction paper in a gallon-sized zip-top bag. Squirt in paint, making sure it is a different color from the paper. The higher the contrast the better, like yellow paint with blue paper or green paint over red.

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Seal the bag tightly, then show your toddler how to make marks in the squishy paint with a finger. The colored paper underneath will be revealed!

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This definitely earned little sounds of surprise, and Veronika liked making shapes and wiggles appear. Of course she also just liked squishing it.

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Or stepping on it.

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Since she’s becoming more sophisticated with her own drawings and understanding of art, she also really enjoyed when I “painted” trucks or other recognizable shapes in the bag.

Mostly, though, I let her entertain herself with this one!

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Little Passports: India

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Travis has Indian heritage on his father’s side, so he was especially excited to receive this package from Little Passports! It was a great chance to learn more about the culture. The booklet was, unfortunately, advanced for a 1st grader, involving tricky patterns to find and solving for missing letters in an Indian menu.

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But he enjoyed monthly activities like adding stickers to his passport and world map, and coloring in India’s flag.

Souvenir:

Luckily, the souvenir hit it out of the park; you can’t go wrong with a stuffed animal! That’s exactly the surprise that was waiting inside, an adorable Bengal tiger to represent India’s national animal.

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Further Activities:

From here, we headed over to the web where there were additional fun activities like a sort of “hidden pictures” image of hennaed hands.

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Travis was so proud to spot the sitar, lotus flower, and more! This was intricate to color in, and a great mommy-son project.

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There was also a recipe for Holi powder. A note of caution: this project was not only messy, but also didn’t work for us. In a bowl, stir together 1 cup flour and 1/2 cup water. The instructions said we should have a thick paste, but we had more of a sticky dough. Add drops of food coloring, use a rolling pin to flatten into a disc, then let dry overnight.

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Because the mixture is so sticky, I added additional flour, which may have been part of the problem. I also tried to contain the sticky mess in plastic wrap, which may have been an additional problem. Needless to say, our “paint powder” didn’t dry out, and we really only had a sticky pile to try and crumble with mortar and pestle the next morning.

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If this works for you, please share in the comments!

Luckily, the final project, this month’s add-on from Little Passports, was a mandala art kit that Travis quite enjoyed.

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He was thrilled watching me demonstrate how to make patterns on the provided circular paper, and then loved making up mandala designs in his own way.

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The kit comes with sparkly gel markers and he adored the colors, following along the lines with them, and then shading in. These make lovely gifts!

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Recipe:

We finished with dessert, a riff on the Indian frozen treat of kulfi. Grind up shelled pistachios in a food processor ahead of time, and then the rest of this recipe will come together in a flash.

Ingredients:

  • 2 (11-ounce) cans sweetened condensed coconut milk
  • 1 cup non-dairy creamer
  • 2 teaspoons cardamom
  • 1/2 cup ground pistachios
  1. Stir together all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Pour the mixture into Popsicle molds (or paper cups with craft sticks inserted in the center). Freeze until firm.

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These hadn’t quite frozen all the way for us by dessert, but we spooned into the molds like it was a dish of ice cream – yum!

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