Finger paints are easily found in stores. They are also frequently eaten by the little ones. I saw many complicated finger paint recipes online and did not try them, because I wanted to make something very simple and also very delicious and relatively healthy: in case one of my kids ingests it. I also wanted to make the creation of finger paints a creative project to do with the kids.

Here’s what I came up with:

Ingredients:

Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
Food Coloring (see below)

or

Homemade Vegan Vanilla Pudding (recipe below)

Food Coloring ( See below)

Make the vanilla pudding according to package directions. Divide into portions and mix in different food coloring for each portion. You are all set for your painting and dessert session.

Vegan Vanilla Pudding

Ingredients:

* 1/4 cup agave syrup
* 4 tbsp cornstarch
* 1/8 tsp salt
* 2 cups any non-dairy milk
* 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Im a medium saucepan, mix the dry ingredients. Slowly mix in the milk.

Cook over medium heat until the mixture thickens. Add the vanilla.

Pour into a bowl. Cover with lid or plastic wrap and chill.

Commercial food coloring has been scientifically linked to a variety of diseases and disorders. Here are some ideas for dyeing your finger paints with the contents of your fridge and pantry:

Red

Put a medium sized beet  in a pot with a cup of water. Bring to the boil then gently simmer on stove for about 15 minutes. Once cooled pour through  cheese cloth and mix into the pudding.

Pink

Put a  handful of strawberries and a cup of water in a pot. Bring to the boil and then  simmer for 20 minutes (until liquid has reduced to about half). Once cooled pour through cheese cloth and mix into the pudding.

Green

Put half a cup of spinach or parsley in a pot with a cup of water. Bring to the boil then gently simmer on stove for about 10-15 minutes. Once cooled strain through  cheese cloth and mix into the pudding.

Blue

Put a big handful of blueberries and a cup of water in a pot. Bring to the boil and then  simmer for 20 minutes (until liquid has reduced to about half). Once cooled pour through cheese cloth and mix into the pudding.

Yellow or Orange

Mix some turmeric or curry spice mix into the pudding: 2 tbsp. for yellow, 5-6 for orange.

Purple

Mix the red and the blue paints

Do you have any interesting ideas for making the black and the brown paints?

image: Salvatore Vuono

About Dr. Anastasia

Dr. Anastasia Halldin holds a Ph.D in holistic nutrition. She is a homeschooling mother of four boys and a girl. Dr. Anastasia starred on a yoga TV show. She also produced and appeared in thirteen yoga DVDs. Dr. Anastasia speaks four languages and loves doing crafts with her children. She adores sharing her easy healthy family recipes with other mothers.
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