30 Taste-Safe & Edible Paint Recipes for Kids

Published: May 4, 2022 · Updated: April 26, 2024 by Sacha — This post may contain affiliate links. Read our full disclosure.

Are you looking for ways to let your little one safely explore painting? This big collection of taste-safe and edible paint recipes is perfect for babies and toddlers who like to put everything in their mouths. Who knew there were so many ways to make homemade paint from food ingredients?

Even as a baby, our eldest was never really one to put everything in her mouth—but boy, did that change when her little sister was born!

Soap, sand, bubble liquid… everything had to be tasted. So when it came to activities, we had to get creative to find activities that were both engaging and not harmful to her if swallowed.

Taste-safe sensory activities are always a huge hit in our house, and we love that they allow our kids to safely explore different textures. But sometimes, you just have to go with tried-and-true classics like painting.

And as it turns out, making edible paint for your kids couldn’t be easier—and there are dozens of different recipes you can use to do it!

Yogurt, applesauce, frosting, marshmallows… there are so many things you can use to make edible paint for babies and toddlers, and they all have unique textures (and scents) for your little ones to explore.

Since you control the ingredients, you can choose to make your edible paint gluten-free, dairy-free, or free of any other foods that your child is sensitive to. You can also choose a different recipe depending on which ingredients you happen to have in your pantry.

So if you have a baby or toddler at home who is forever eating every activity you prepare for them, and you’d like them to experience painting in a way that is safe and non-toxic, this big list of edible paint recipes is a great place to start!

(You can also try painting in a bag on days where you’re looking for something low-mess.)

1. Yogurt Finger Paint

Child painting on high chair tray with edible yogurt paint.
Image Credit: Tales of a Messy Mom

Yogurt paint is perhaps one of the most popular edible paint recipes for babies… and for good reason. This simple paint recipe only requires two ingredients, and it makes a great edible sensory activity for babies and younger toddlers! (Use Greek yogurt for a thicker consistency.)

Read the full tutorial: Edible Yogurt Finger Paint

2. Froot Loop Paint

Containers of yogurt paint coloured with crushed Fruit Loop cereal.
Image Credit: Kids Activities Blog

Want to make edible paint for babies without food coloring? This recipe is also yogurt-based, but its color comes from crushed Froot Loops, which, according to Kellogg’s website, contain no artificial colors. This one could be a good option for kids who are sensitive to food dyes! (You can also use Kool-Aid or sprinkle coloring if ever you don’t have Froot Loops.)

Read the full tutorial: Taste-Safe Froot Loop Paint

3. Cornstarch Finger Paint

Small containers of homemade cornstarch finger paint.
Image Credit: Mess for Less

Want to make edible paint with cornstarch? This super simple finger paint recipe calls for ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry… all of them taste-safe, of course! And since this recipe doesn’t call for flour, you can even use it for kids who can’t consume gluten.

Read the full tutorial: Edible Cornstarch Finger Paint

4. Real Fruit Finger Paint

Containers filled with puréed fruit for painting.
Image Credit: Hands On As We Grow

If you’re looking for a more natural edible paint recipe, this fruit purée paint could be it! This natural finger paint recipe is made from real fruit, and it would make a great sensory activity for little ones who are just starting to familiarize themselves with solids.

Read the full tutorial: Fruit Purée Finger Paint

5. Applesauce Paint

Small containers filled with edible applesauce paint.
Image Credit: Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail

…And as far as fruit paint goes, this one is great for days where you don’t have much time to prep activities, since unlike the previous recipe, it won’t require you to use a blender!

Read the full tutorial: Edible Applesauce Paint

6. Chia Pudding Finger Paint

Containers filled with chia pudding finger paint.
Image Credit: Joy Food Sunshine

Are healthy, natural ingredients important to you? This lovely chia seed pudding paint is naturally dyed with fresh fruits and vegetables, and it’s totally free of processed ingredients and artificial coloring.

Read the full tutorial: Healthy Chia Pudding Finger Paint

7. Marshmallow Paint

Rainbow painted with edible marshmallow paint.
Image Credit: Crafts by Amanda

Who would have known that you can make edible paint with marshmallows? I was a little sceptical at first, but this taste-safe paint recipe made from melted marshmallows was a HUGE hit with our kids! (I wouldn’t recommend saving their artwork though, as the paint is a big sticky even once it’s dry.)

Read the full tutorial: Edible Melted Marshmallow Paint

8. Marshmallow Fluff Paint

Child painting with edible marshmallow fluff paint.
Image Credit: Fantastic Fun and Learning

Do your kids love marshmallow paint? If so, they’ll love this homemade marshmallow fluff paint—and so will you, because it just so happens that this recipe is no-cook and super simple to make!

Read the full tutorial: Edible Marshmallow Fluff Paint

9. Peeps Puffy Paint

Easter egg painted with puffy Peeps paint.
Image Credit: Crayons and Cravings

…Or, if you’re looking for a fun Easter twist on marshmallow paint, try using Peeps instead of regular marshmallows! This taste-safe paint recipe is SO simple to make and only calls for one ingredient. Don’t you love the three-dimensional effect?

Read the full tutorial: Melted Peeps Puffy Paint

10. Frosting Paint

Spoon mixing pink food colouring into frosting to make edible paint.
Image Credit: The Craft at Home Family

This fun edible paint recipe is also super simple to make, and it’s a great way to use up whatever frosting is left at the bottom of the container when you finish frosting a cake… or whipping up a batch of Edible Frosting Play Dough.

All you’ll need to do is add some food coloring to frosting and give it to your chid to paint with. I chose to use fluffy white frosting because I wanted the color to be as vibrant as possible… but you can even skip the food coloring entirely and use chocolate or butterscotch frosting instead since they already have a color built-in!

Read the full tutorial: Edible Frosting Paint (Coming Soon!)

11. Icing Sugar/Coconut Paint

Small containers filled with edible icing paint.
Image Credit: Mum Central

You can also skip the pre-made frosting and simply use icing sugar to make your own edible paint for baby. Or, if you’re not a fan of giving your child sugar, the recipe also shows you how to make edible paint using desiccated coconut!

Read the full tutorial: Edible Icing Sugar/Coconut Paint

12. Jell-O Paint

Containers filled with edible Jell-O paint.
Image Credit: The Imagination Tree

We’ve made Jell-O Play Dough and Jell-O Slime for the kids before… so why not Jell-O paint? This edible finger paint recipe for babies only requires two simple ingredients, and it smells AMAZING!

Read the full tutorial: Edible Jell-O Finger Paint

13. Baby Cereal Paint

Paintbrush painting with orange baby cereal paint.
Image Credit: The Craft at Home Family

If you’re exploring different paint textures with your little ones, you’ll love this simple edible paint recipe made from baby cereal!

To make it, simply pour some of your favorite baby cereal into a small bowl and stir in water until you’re satisfied with the texture (we used about 3 tablespoons of water per 4 tablespoons of baby cereal). Then, add in whichever color of food coloring you like and having fun spreading it around on paper!

Read the full tutorial: Taste-Safe Baby Cereal Paint (Coming Soon!)

14. Pudding Paint

Paintbrush dipped in blue pudding paint.
Image Credit: The Craft at Home Family

…Or, if you’re looking for something even simpler, simply grab a cup of vanilla pudding and stir in some food coloring to make some instant baby-safe and toddler-safe edible paint!

Because the pudding already has a paint-like consistency, you won’t need to bother with any measurements and you’ll be able to start the activity more quickly. (You can also use instant pudding mix, but if you do, you’ll need to measure out quantities… which is why I prefer to simply use pudding cups.)

Read the full tutorial: Edible Pudding Paint (Coming Soon!)

15. Sweetened Condensed Milk Paint

Small containers filled with edible sweetened condensed milk paint.
Image Credit: A Little Pinch of Perfect

This recipe is also super simple to make! It will only require two ingredients and two minutes of your time, which makes it perfect for busy days. And the best part? This homemade edible paint can also be used to paint designs onto cookies!

Read the full tutorial: Sweetened Condensed Milk Paint

16. Sugar Paint for Bread

Rainbows painted on sliced bread with edible paint.
Image Credit: Kids Craft Room

And speaking of painting on food, did you know you could use sugar to make DIY paint that can be used to paint designs onto sliced bread? I will definitely be trying this bread painting activity with my kids!

Read the full tutorial: How to Paint Rainbow Bread

17. Frozen Whipped Topping Paint

Paintbrush painting with purple whipped cream paint.
Image Credit: The Craft at Home Family

Do you have some frozen whipped topping in your freezer? We had some left over from the Whipped Cream Dyed Easter Eggs that we made last month, so we decided to try using it as paint… and it worked out perfectly!

You may need to let it thaw for a couple minutes before you can use it since it tends to be pretty solid when frozen. But as soon as it is soft enough for food coloring to be mixed in, it is ready to use. Our kids loved this fluffy whipped topping paint!

Read the full tutorial: Edible Whipped Topping Paint (Coming Soon!)

18. Whipped Cream Paint

Child making a mess with edible whipped cream paint.
Image Credit: Happy Toddler Playtime

Whipped cream doesn’t have to be frozen to be turned into taste-safe paint. Whether you have a can of Cool Whip in your fridge or even some leftover whipping cream (which has the advantage of not tasting sweet), you can easily use it to set up this toddler-safe paint station—and it doubles as a sensory activity!

For added fun, consider placing your colored whipped cream in silicone trays and freezing it to create frozen whipped cream painting blocks. So fun!

Read the full tutorial: Edible Whipped Cream Paint

19. Frozen Ice Cube Paint

Squiggly lines painted with colourful ice cubes.
Image Credit: Easy Peasy and Fun

…And if your child enjoys frozen painting activities, you may want to try these super simple—and taste-safe—ice cube paint blocks that would make a great outdoor painting activity on a hot summer day! (You can even color them with Kool-Aid powder if you would rather not use food coloring.)

Read the full tutorial: Frozen Ice Paint (Taste-Safe!)

20. Freeze Pop Paint

Painting with a red freeze pop.

Looking for something even simpler? Instead of filling an ice cube tray and waiting for the water to freeze, simply grab an ice pop out of the freezer and cut it open for a cool sensory painting experience!

I don’t recommend keeping the artwork as it will feel a little sticky and may attract insects… but in this case, the process matters more than the end result anyway, and the goal is simply for your kids to have fun!

21. Spice Paints

Tray filled with different coloured spice paints.
Image Credit: Learn With Play At Home

I would never have thought to do this, but I will definitely be trying it. We have a TON of spices in our pantry and I’m sure our kids would have lots of fun smelling them all and choosing which ones to turn into taste-safe paint.

This activity provides a full sensory experience, and unlike some of the other recipes in this article, it isn’t sugary, and therefore its taste won’t actively encourage infants to eat it. (Not that there’s anything wrong with sweet-tasting recipes… but it’s always good to have options!)

Read the full tutorial: Taste-Safe Spice Paints

22. Kool-Aid Finger Paint

Small containers filled with colourful Kool-Aid finger paint.
Image Credit: Fireflies and Mud Pies

And speaking of taste-safe activities that smell good, but don’t taste good, this edible Kool-Aid finger paint comes with all the fruity scent of Kool-Aid, but none of the sugar! While this homemade finger paint is technically edible, your toddler probably won’t want to eat a whole bunch of it after tasting it—and I don’t know about you, but that’s always a plus in my book!

Read the full tutorial: Edible Kool-Aid Finger Paint

23. Kool-Aid Watercolor Paint

Rainbow painted with edible Kool-Aid paint.
Image Credit: The Craft at Home Family

Love Kool-Aid? You may also want to try this super simple liquid watercolor paint made from unsweetened Kool-Aid powder! This one also smells amazing, and you can adjust the amount of water to make the colors lighter or darker. Such a fun and easy activity for kids!

Read the full tutorial: Kool-Aid Liquid Watercolor Paint

24. Liquid Watercolor Paint with Food Coloring

Containers filled with DIY liquid watercolour paint.
Image Credit: Emma Owl

No Kool-Aid? No problem! Making your own taste-safe watercolor paints from food coloring is SO easy, and once again, you’re free to make the colors as concentrated as you like. For added fun, you can even use it to paint designs on tortillas!

Read the full tutorial: Edible Liquid Watercolor Paint

25. DIY Watercolor Paint Pucks

Hand holding muffin tin filled with homemade watercolour pucks.
Image Credit: Happy Hooligans

I tried this project a few months ago and couldn’t believe how easy it was! Liquid watercolor paint seems like an obvious choice if you have food coloring lying around, but did you know you could make homemade watercolor paint pucks at home using just a few simple kitchen ingredients?

Read the full tutorial: Homemade Watercolor Paint Pucks

26. Homemade Flour Paint

Flower painted with homemade flour paint.
Image Credit: Little Bins for Little Hands

I’ve shared lots of unique ways to make homemade paint in this article, but what if you’re just looking for a basic replacement for washable kids’ paint? This DIY flour paint recipe is a great one to keep on hand in case you run out of paint during craft time!

Read the full tutorial: Taste-Safe Flour Paint

27. Microwave Puffy Paint

Puffed up flour paint design.
Image Credit: Happiness is Homemade

Since we’re on the topic of flour paint, did you know you could use flour to make homemade paint that puffs up in the microwave? We’ve made puffy paint with glue and shaving cream before, but never with taste-safe ingredients. So cool!

Read the full tutorial: Edible Microwave Puffy Paint

28. Taste-Safe Chalk Paint

Tray of DIY sidewalk chalk paint.
Image Credit: On My Kids Plate

It’s almost summer, which means it’s almost to take out our bubble rocket, water table and sidewalk chalk… unless we decide to make it ourselves! As it turns out, making your own sidewalk paint couldn’t be easier, and it also happens to be made from edible ingredients.

Read the full tutorial: Taste-Safe Sidewalk Chalk Paint

29. Fizzy Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Fizzing painting made with DIY sidewalk chalk paint.
Image Credit: Messy Little Monster

If you tried the previous recipe and loved it, try kicking it up a notch by adding some baking soda to create FIZZY sidewalk paint for your kids to play with!

Read the full tutorial: Fizzy Sidewalk Chalk Paint

30. Fizzing Baking Soda Paint

Fizzing baking soda painting.
Image Credit: Playdough to Plato

And finally, which kid doesn’t love a good baking soda and vinegar reaction? We had lots of fun turning regular kids’ paint into fizzy baking soda paint to make a Fizzing Baking Soda Paint Volcano, but if you’re crafting with younger toddlers, why not go a step further and create the paint from scratch to make this activity taste-safe!

Read the full tutorial: Fizzy Baking Soda Paint

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