What says summer is here better than ice cream sundaes? Instead of putting your toppings on ice cream, why not create art with them? I created an invitation to paint today with chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, a can of whipped cream, and some sprinkles.
Doesn’t this just look delicious? I neglected to tell my daughter she could taste it until halfway through this activity. I know, how mean of me? I wanted her to explore the creative process, before I told her she could eat it too. I could not resist painting along with her on this activity, it as just too tempting to see what I could create. I think some whipped cream clouds would look amazing on blue construction paper, but I didn’t want to leave my two-year old alone with all the goodies, while I went to grab the blue paper. Oh well, we had plenty of fun with white paper! We painted a few images with these three colors, before we added food coloring to the whipped cream.
Little C said she painted a dog. She is only two, and already has a big imagination.
Then we added food coloring to our whipped cream, and sprinkles to top off our paintings!
Here are a few of our creations with the added colors, and sprinkles.
Then Little C’s method of making pink whipped cream prints with her paintbrush inspired me to paint some flowers!
Of course, once the sprinkles came out, she started to talk about taking a taste. Then I showed her that you could taste the syrups too. After tasting, and tasting some more, the activity went the way it normally does, and I let her use her hands, instead of the paintbrushes.
A few smears, and thousands of sprinkles later, she finally agreed that she was ready to clean everything up. I think this is the face of a happy kid.
Tips- If you do this activity inside, you definitely want to put down a table-cloth, or shower curtain liner! I also had a small dish pan bucket full of water, and a roll of paper towels off to the side, so we could periodically get some of the sprinkles, and whipped cream off her hands, so she could continue to create.
The clean up was surprisingly easy, I just shook the sprinkles off the shower curtain liner, and threw it in the washing machine. Then I rinsed off the dishes we used, threw them in the dishwasher, washed off the brushes, and wiped off my daughter with a wet rag. Viola, a happy kid, and not a trace of the mess!
We love painting, and creating art with food. Do you have a fun project involving food that you like doing with your kids? We would love to hear about more fun activities that we could try out!