Bread Painting

Another play invitation set-up from a recent weekend…

Okay, so this is a little “extra” as far as I usually go with setting up play for my kids, but I was intrigued by the idea. You add a drop of food coloring to milk, toast some white bread, set out some paintbrushes, and let the children paint the bread. I didn’t think it could possibly turn out as vibrant as it looked on the Instagram post where I saw it, but I was pleasantly surprised!

ID: A table with four bowls, each of which has colored milk in it of a different color: pink, blue, green, yellow. There is a rainbow-painted piece of bread on the table as well as three blank, unpainted pieces. There are several paintbrushes around on the table and a toddler holding one of them to the right of the image.

You don’t want to toast the bread so much that it’s brown — it shows up better on a whiter “canvas”.

Also, I did this activity when my kids were hungry, and they basically scarfed like 14 pieces of regular, slightly milky, plain toast. That might be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on if you’re hoping for your children to be deeply entertained or mostly just eat the craft. Your mileage may vary. 😉

A toddler with a rainbow-colored painted piece of bread in front of him, a paintbrush on the table, and a half-eaten piece of bread in his hand. There is a privacy sticker over his face.

I know people have differing opinions on using food in crafts/play. I don’t have any problem with it as long as I know it’s not actually taking food out of someone else’s mouth or reach. This was old bread that was about to go stale, and like a quarter cup of milk or less, so I’m happy with it. 😊

(See if you can tell which famous painting it was I tried to recreate with the bread, when I could get my hands on it between my children snarfing pieces as fast as they could… 😉 )

A piece of lightly toasted white bread with blue, yellow, and green colored milk painted on it in the vague shape of the painting, Starry Night.