Garrett’s First Easter Eggs (With Homemade Finger Paint – Recipe Included)

Coloring Easter eggs is one tradition that I’ve always enjoyed either as a child myself or with my nieces and nephews, and it’s a tradition I very much looked forward to participating in with my own child. And at last that time has come!!

I’m somewhat cautious with Garrett when it comes to exposure to chemicals and I also wanted him to be actively involved in coloring his Easter eggs, so I opted for homemade paint for our first Easter egg experience.

I found a recipe online for homemade finger paint, which sounded like a great idea for baby’s first egg painting.

Homemade finger paint

* 1/2 tsp salt
* 3 tbsp sugar
* 1/2 cup of cornstarch
* 2 cups of water

Combine in a saucepan and heat until the mixture thickens.
This clear goop will be your paint base. Scoop into containers and add food coloring as you see fit.
Makes enough paint base for 3 full baby food jars (4 oz) or 6 half full jars if you want more colors.

I held Garrett in my lap and let him go crazy. He enjoyed grabbing the jars, sticking his fingers into them, and rubbing the paint onto the eggs. They don’t look the prettiest, but he’s 8 months old… what do you expect?





Garrett’s First Easter Eggs!

About Ashley

Ashley is the newest writer for One Little Mister. She is a 25 year old preschool teacher and first time mother to son Garrett. Her interests include breastfeeding, crafting, researching child growth and development topics until all hours of the night, drinking lots of coffee, and talking about cricket on twitter.


  1. Jayme H. says:

    Very cute! Z is still a bit young at 5 months. I’ve been considering just coloring them with him in his high chair to watch…


    • He would probably enjoy that, but if he’s anything like G, he’ll try and grab!! It’s good for them to experience touching different textures. G actually liked touching so much that he didn’t put it in his mouth, which was shocking since he puts EVERYTHING in his mouth

      • Jayme H. says:

        Everything goes in his mouth, his current goal is to get to chew on Daddy’s glasses!

        I think having him dye eggs himself would be more realistic if he was eating. That way swallowing a bit of the coloring wouldn’t be as big of a deal.

        I am working on textures and temperatures. He likes to touch cool and cold objects a lot. I am thinking of coloring eggs with him in a few months–using your method. Lol! Flag Day eggs!

        • True… I didn’t think about that, at 5 months. You probably don’t want his first solids to be cornstarch paint! Hahaha.

          What activities are you doing for textures and temperatures? I’d love to hear about your ideas. :-)

          • Honestly, it’s just the stuff around us. Mommy has a cold cup of water, he grabs the cup while I tell him it’s cold. I splash a small amount of water on him, like dip my finger, not being mean, lol! Warm clothes from the drier. Mommy’s felt hat. The dog. Sensory books. Fleece.

            Many toys have different textures. Wrapping paper for him to crumble. He also gets all of the gentle shower settings on him.

            I have also been doing stuff like giving him drinking cups that are empty, pouring myself a drink in a matching cup and drinking in front of him. He imitates me and puts the cup up. Once or twice before he sees how far he can chuck it.

            It’s not sophisticated, but it gets him in his environment.

          • Those are great ideas. :) My fiance got “mad” at me tonight (not really mad, just like… WTF are you doing?) because I let Garrett pull the tissues out of the box. He was SO excited that one came out when he pulled though! Hehe

  2. Jayme H. says:

    I love the tissues! Z would eat them, though. That would be a horrible mess to scrape out of his mouth. Lol!

    • Oh I’m sure. Garrett is getting really good at not putting every single thing in his mouth lately. Maybe because he’s very interested in his hands? He learned how to clap yesterday!

      • Jayme H. says:

        That is so great! Yay, Garrett! I thought Z would never stop clenching his hands in fists. Then he started grabbing things. Lol!

        I don’t think Z will ever stop putting it all in his mouth. He’s like a little shark, exploring his world with his mouth. He was licking our farm rug! Everywhere he could reach! He’s even licked his own clothes while he was wearing them.

        • It’s funny that you say he’s like a shark. You guys will love the review (and maybe giveaway) that I have coming up soon. It’s shark themed. :-)

          They progress so quickly. It’s crazy! I thought Garrett would never stand on his feet (he’s in early intervention for a gross motor delay) but now he does it all the time!

  3. Did the paint stain his and your skin?

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