Kids Painting Ideas Painting with Food! Paint with carrots, stamp with half an apple, paint with celery; painting with raw fruits and veggies is a creative idea for kids. And don’t worry about wasting good food – you can use your scraps for this painting idea. Read on to learn how to set up a paint with food activity and encourage your kids to unleash their inner Picasso (or Dali or Kahlo – not Van Gogh though…he played with sharp objects…very bad role model)…
Kids Painting Ideas Painting with Food
Firm vegetables and fruit make great art-makers. And they require different grips so this can help with motor skills development. Plus, it’s just plain fun to use a carrot as a paint brush.
You can use new fruits and veggies for this kid activity. However, if you are mindful of food waste – you can use the nibs of carrots from last night’s dinner. The bruised apple no one will eat. The potato that has gone green and started growing eyes.
Just be sure to remind the kids we don’t eat these “tools”.
You will need an assortment of the following:
- Half a potato
- Half an apple
- pepper slices
- Washable paint
- paper plate (or cardboard egg carton)
- paper for painting
- art smock or apron
- plastic glass with water (optional)
- Put on art apron.
- Lay out art paper on flat surface.
- Pour washable paint onto paper plate (or into egg carton if you want your colours separated – but you will have to use a carrot to put the paint on flat veggies like apples or potatoes)
- Dip your veggies and/or fruit in the paint and start colouring.
- Use the water to wash off paint should you wish to switch colours.
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The kids can use the veggies as stamps (broccoli and cauliflower are especially good at this). They can wide grip an apple half. They can pinch grip a carrot. Celery will make half moon stamps.
NOTE: Do not eat or cook with used-paint-laden-vegetables or fruit. Discard in organic garbage or compost.