Yogurt Painting – Baby Suitable Festive Crafts


Despite being full of cold, Rosalie put in a valiant effort with the yogurt painting yesterday. Some babies like to snuggle when they’re sick, but Rosalie isn’t really a cuddly kind of baby, so I thought distraction would be the best way to tackle the cold. It seemed to work, and it wore her out so she napped well too!

So, yogurt painting! So simple, you’ll kick yourself for not trying it already! Literally all you need is greek yogurt (none of that low fat rubbish, you want the good thick, creamy stuff) and food colourings.

I used a paper plate and put some blobs of yogurt on it, then added a few drops of food colouring, mixing the colours as required, to produce the desired paints. I usually tape the paper to the highchair tray to stop it from moving around.

At first I just let Rosalie loose with some green yogurt paint and plain piece of paper; she found the texture funny and, no surprise, put her fingers straight into her mouth, but that’s ok because yogurt paint is totally edible!

Once I’d let her explore on her own I decided it was time to get down to business! I drew a crude Christmas tree onto green paper and encouraged R to use her fingers in the red paint to create baubles. It went rather well I think! Mother’s proud blindness perhaps?!

Next we made a reindeer using her handprints and brown yogurt paint. I found it easiest to spread the yogurt onto her hand then press and hold her hand onto the paper for a few seconds. It was tricky to get the orientation right for the reindeer, but I think for a first attempt we did ok! (NB: Nose, collar, eye and mouth added by mummy!)

I love doing messy play with Rosalie, I think it’s good fun, even though the clearing up usually takes as long if not longer than the activity itself! What about you?

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  • Reply
    Vickie Rich
    December 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I would never have thought of using yoghurt and food colouring but it's a brilliant idea for baby safe paint. I love R's handprint reindeers! πŸ™‚

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    Jess Eliot
    December 3, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Thanks Vickie! I'm not sure how stable it will be over the long term, but the pictures still look ok today! x

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    D..J. Kirkby
    December 5, 2014 at 7:52 am

    What a fantastic idea! I wrote about the other end of the child age spectrum – we've moved on to baking – eeek!

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    Jess Eliot
    December 5, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Thanks! I can't wait til R is old enough that we can do baking together!! x

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