Wacky Wednesday | Play WITH Your Food!

by Beth Montgomery on March 28, 2012

in Do It Yourself, Entertainment & Fun, Frugal Living

It’s time for Wacky Wednesday!!! One of my favorites of our new features. Each week we are going to do something a little off-the-wall and FUN! This week the end result isn’t as important as the fun in getting there!

I am always telling the kids NOT to play with their food. But after I saw this post, I changed my mind! It did inspire me to see what else we could use to paint with and our “paint-able food” looked and smelled pretty awesome!

What you need:

  • OLD muffin tin or something to hold your “paints”
  • Spices and Seasonings
  • Condiments
  • Vegetables and Fruit
  • Nature
  • Paper


I decided to start with my seasonings to see if I could create “paint” with those; sure enough there were quite a few that I used to get some great textures and colors. Pretty much any seasoning that is ground finely will work as your “paints”.

The ones that I found that worked great were:

  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Poultry Seasoning
  • Ground Dry Mustard
  • Paprika

Then search your refrigerator for other “paints” keep in mind all sorts of things can work if they have the right consistency! We used:

  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Blackberries

Add each of these to a separate compartment in your muffin tin or cups. I used approximately 2 Tbs of each. For the seasonings, add a little bit of water and stir to get to the right consistency for painting. Only add the water a little bit at a time. If you get it too thin add more seasoning, too thick; add more water. Mash up, or toss in a blender,  any fruits or vegetables you want to use for ‘paint’. Keep in mind all these things stain so make sure you are careful to not get it everywhere when you are mashing them up! Since we used Blackberries, I simply smooshed them with a fork in the muffin tin.


This can be anything you can find! We had some leftover spaghetti, some leaves from celery and we were going to use potatoes with designs carved into them as stamps, but I had two impatient little boys wanting to get started. Get creative and anything you can find will work.


Get Started:

Send the kids outside and paint away! It was the perfect opportunity to talk about nature since everything we were using was natural. Once the kids got bored with the paintbrushes I gave them, we went on a scavenger hunt to find more paintbrushes! We ended up with pine cones, branches from the bushes, different sticks and rocks for them to try different textures.

Like I said the end result isn’t as important as getting there, and since we used food products I don’t recommend keeping their artwork (unless you have some type of shellac or something to seal it!)

WARNING: These ‘paints’ will NOT be good to get in mouths or eyes, so make sure you keep a close watch and always make sure there are no food allergies before you start creating! :-)

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