We are always being asked how to make yogurt paint so I thought I’d show you just how we do it around here. Making baby safe paint is super easy using two ingredients, yogurt and food coloring. We use it weekly for art play group. The colors always come out beautiful and vibrant and did I mention it’s sooooo easy??!!!
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First, enlist the help of your favorite ballerina. If you don’t have a bejeweled little girl obsessed with tutus around, a regular child will do just fine : ) Have ready, a tub of plain or vanilla yogurt, a spoon or two, some food coloring and some containers. We use a paint palette tray. *Tip* Vanilla yogurt is super yummy. If the kids discover that the yogurt is vanilla they will likely eat it, by the paintbrush full. If you don’t want to encourage eating the paint, stick with plain yogurt.
We go through an insane amount of food coloring around here. I don’t know when I am going to learn to buy it in bulk. I am constantly running over to our local grocery store to pick more up. It’s some sort of weird mental block I have. Anyway, you can find food coloring here if you’re more normal than I am and just order it online. Ask your little helper to scoop out some yogurt into all the little containers you have set up. A few spoonfuls will do. Then squeeze a few drops of food coloring into each container. You just need a few drops. If you add a lot, the colors will be really vibrant but they will likely leave a temporary stain on everything so go light on the drops. I am happy to say I have trained Gigi fairly well in this department.
Once you you’ve squeezed in a few food coloring drops into each container than you just mix it up with the spoon. Kids love to do pretty much all the steps, but mixing is a favorite. I encourage Gigi to mix up the food coloring as she drops it in the yogurt so we can get a really nice variety of colors. It’s a great color theory lesson too.
And that’s it folks! Super easy right? Yes, there is a slightly bigger mess than when you do it yourself, but you can do it outside and it’s super fun for kids, so I think it’s worth it. We’ve used yogurt paint for… Our Painting Wall A Plexiglass Painting Easel Toddler Disco Feet Painting Balloon Painting and just plain old painting on paper. However you use it, have fun!