Baby’s 1st Finger Painting

Infant activities are tough to come by but this was a hit and will be used again in our house for sure. When introducing your tiniest artist to colors and textures a great and safe way to do it is to use purees. No ingredients to worry about just plain veggie or fruit purees that they have already been eating . I don’t plan on packing this one away as a keepsake and would suggest taking a picture and not saving the creation! When my son was a toddler we did yogurt painting but my daughter is still too young for yogurt but toddlers love it!

  1. Gather your materials. I am using a plain white piece of construction paper so there is plenty of contrast. The puree I am using is sweet potato, thick, bright orange and easy to make. All I did was bake a sweet potato then puree it with a hand blender. Please be sure you are only using purees that you have previously introduced to your child and know they will not have adverse reactions to.
  2. Tape your paper down to a high chair tray or table.
  3. Add a small spoonful of puree on the paper. Let your baby explore.While my daughter played I focused on using the words squishy, orange and wet. There is no specific right way of doing this but narrating their exploration ( and their play) is great for verbal development . You might feel silly at first but before you know it you’ll be talking to them about everything and teaching them about a lot too!
  4. When your baby does this it’s time to take the activity away and move on to something else like singing, reading and our favorite dancing!

Remember with infants you must be extra vigilant and never leave an infant unsupervised with any activity. This is not an activity to occupy them so a caregiver can get something done, this is for caregiver and infant to explore together.

Great Book For Babies

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. is a book that can go with a baby from infancy through toddlerhood and into the preschool years. The bold colors of the illustrations by Eric Carle are perfect for catching infant’s attention and will continue to grab it through the years. With the turn of each page the reader is left wondering what’s next, and if the reader is my son he will cut you off to tell you what’s coming next before you have a chance to turn the page. There are other titles in the series , including ; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?, Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? , and Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? but this one is my very favorite! My daughter actually sits looking at these pages instead of simply trying to eat the book, which in my opinion is a great review from a 6 month old!


  1. Amy says

    For Halloween we did a similar project with our 9-months-old while we decorated our pumpkins. We have 2 older kids and while we carved pumpkins with them we gave him a tiny pumpkin and some prune puree. It was a great way to involve him in our family time. He really enjoyed his finger painting experience and was entertained while the rest of the family was doing their pumpkins. Warning: he had to to go straight into the bath afterwards but it was totally worth it.

    • admin says

      I love how everyone was working on the same project! So far my daughter has skipped the eat the paint habit her brother perfected.

  2. molly says

    Our boys’ first finger painting experience was similar: yogurt with food coloring in it. Now at 20 months they’ve graduated to regular paints, although one has become squeamish about the “MESS! MESS!” on his fingers :)

  3. says

    I want to eat her!! I hang out way too long on your blog when you put her pics ;)

    But seriously, this is SUCH a great way to introduce kids to painting :)

    • Allison McDonald says

      Sorry Trudi I missed this question until now – I would follow your child’s lead. Use only things that your child is ready to use ( my daughter was only ready for food she’d already eaten like sweet potatoes… and see if they are interested. I would say sometime between 6-12 months is a great time for most but kids don’t fit in boxes so if your child isn’t ready by then it’s nothing to worry about.


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