3/27/2008

Book and a Snack, Art, Art, Art!


Touch the Art!

Spring is in the air, so we're having an outside book and a snack activity! (Or inside if you're brave:)).

All my kids from the baby on up LOVE the Touch the Art books by Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo. They are board books that feature famous works of art with some element that you can touch or feel. For the older kids, there is a section in the back that has details about each artist and work of art. It's a great family activity for all ages. Babies will have a hard time destroying these books and the older kids can get some learnin'!

For an afternoon of fun, whip up these easy edible finger paints, give each a child a piece of posterboard, and let them, eat, paint, squish, smoosh, and release that inner Picasso. Great fun for all ages. We are going to do this for a family activity the next nice day we have. I can't wait to see what the baby comes up with.

The only downside is that these paintings don't keep for very long (since they're made with food). However, the "yumminess" factor makes up for it.:)

Easy Edible Finger Paints
Vanilla Instant Pudding mix (however many packages you want, it just depends on how much "paint" you are making)
Milk (according to package directions). You can substitute Soy or Rice Milk for those with allergies.
Food Coloring

Prepare pudding according to package directions. Divide into bowls and tint with food coloring. Paint away!