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Sweet Paint with Powdered Juice

by on Nov 8th, 2010

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Children, regardless of the age, love painting! Their paintings vary from shapes, to everyday objects, or even just abstract art! As long as there’s a paintbrush in hand, you can only expect a masterpiece to follow! However, as much as we want them to have all the fun possible, paint can be difficult to wash of at times and also not good to eat! Toddlers would put ANYTHING in their mouths and this is one of those things we never want them to taste.

But what about painting with something else? With this kind of art.. the toddlers and kids can eat all the paint they want! Let’s paint with Kool-Aid!

This activity was originally meant to be a scratch n’ sniff activity, but the scent stayed on too long that we no longer needed to scratch it!


What you will need

  • Fruit patterns
  • Powdered juice of different colors
  • Water
  • Cup
  • CLEAN and STERILIZED paint brushes



Place some juice powder into a container and mix it with some water. The mixture is around 1/3 water and 2/3 Kool-Aid powder. But it’s really all up to you.


Once you’re done preparing the  paint, hand the kids some clean brushes and let them paint away! The juice smells really good that I had a couple of students try licking their paint cups! Some didn’t even finish their work because their juicy paint somehow disappeared! Well, at least you don’t have to worry that they’ll eat it and get tummy aches right?


Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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