Sensory Play for Babies - Homemade Edible Finger Paint


Now that Cora is getting a little older, we have been experimenting with sensory play. This is fun for both parents and babies! Watching our daughter learn and explore her senses is a happy sad for me. I can’t believe she is already 7 1/2 months old… time flies by way too fast, but I love watching her discover new things.

Sensory play helps babies explore all their senses: smell, touch, taste, hear and sight. The finger paint experiment we did with Cora helps encourages her to explore new textures. At 7 months, touch is everything… really, touch to taste is everything. Everything she picks up goes directly into her mouth and that’s exactly what should happen!

sensory play for babies - edible finger paint

Oral exploration is really a thing and it’s an important developmental stage in every baby’s life. Of course, putting toys and other stuff in their mouth could be due to teething, but most of the time it’s them saying “oh what’s this thing?!”. Since I know Cora loves to put everything in her mouth, I wanted to make sure this experiment was 100% safe and edible.

This past weekend, I had some extra yogurt in the fridge, so I decided to make some finger paint with it. It’s a super easy and a fun way to watch your baby explore and learn.

Edible Finger Paint Recipe

- 32 oz. container of yogurt - I did original, no flavor but I guess you could vanilla or whichever flavor of your choice.
- Food coloring
That’s it!

Evenly divide into however many colors you’d like to have into separate bowls and add a few drops of food coloring to each bowl.

sensory play for babies - edible finger paint

For the act of painting, we put Cora in the bathtub with a swimmer pull up on, this way when she was done making a mess…cause they will make a HUGE mess, we just washed it all off and gave her a bath. If you are letting them paint on paper, I’d suggest still putting them in the tub or outside that way you don’t have yogurt everywhere.

Either way you go about it, let them explore and have fun! Don’t worry about them eating it, don’t worry about the mess… let them do their thing!

Have fun & enjoy watching your baby explore!