Would you get these edible art supplies for your child?
By the time her daughter, Savannah, was 6 months old, artistic mom Sarid Ditton already was getting antsy about giving the tot a chance to express herself with finger paints.
Only one problem: Babies, no matter how Kandinsky-esque their talents, have a tendency to apply the medium to their mouths.
“I went online and searched for edible finger paints, but all I could come up with is stuff done with Jell-O or puddings,” Ditton says. “And while that was edible, I wasn’t interested in using something with all that sugar.”
So the Eugene woman decided to concoct her own. The first step was researching the color pigments found in vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices.
After considerable experimentation, Ditton found what she was looking for, finger paints with colors right from nature — turmeric, spirulina, beets, spinach, blueberries and all their mixtures — in a base of baby rice cereal.
“It was 100 percent baby friendly, and Savannah loved using it,” Ditton recalls. “She would sit for hours in her high chair painting, and I didn’t have to hover over her for fear she would ingest something dangerous.
“Before long, friends started saying they wanted some for their children, so I started looking for containers to package my paints.”
That was the beginning of Wee Can Too, a homegrown business that has expanded to include sidewalk chalk, crayons, Easter egg dye and next, face paint.
Would this kind of product interest you? Or would you just whip up a own homemade version yourself?