Crafty Recipes: Tongue Painting

It has been a while since I did a craft project – not related to a holiday – and it is probably about time that I do one again.  This month (since this seems to be an almost monthly occurrence)  I thought I would do a little write up on tongue painting with children.

No, you are not going to be painting your child’s tongue or having your child paint your tongue.  You aren’t even going to be painting a big construction paper tongue.  You and your child are going to be using your tongues as paintbrushes and you will be surprised how much fun this activity is.

What you need:

  • Vanilla Pudding
  • Food Coloring
  • Paper Pie Plates (or strong paper)
  • Camera


  1. Mix up some instant vanilla pudding.
  2. Place the vanilla in 4 seperate bowls.
  3. Mix in a few drops of different food coloring in each bowl to make colored pudding (check the back of the box for the formula to making some colors).
  4. Have your child put a few spoonfuls of pudding on a paper plate (this works better than paper since it is sturdier but you could probably use a thick card stock as well).
  5. Now get your child to make a picture by moving the pudding around the plate with his or her tongue.
  6. Take lots of pictures of the event and the finished work since this is one masterpiece that can’t be saved.

This is a great activity that I have done with my kids and my class.  I have found that some children will lick the plate clean while others will make intricate designs with the pudding.  The faces that the children make as they paint is very funny but nothing makes this activity as delightful as the moments when the children erupt in laughter at the silliness of it all.

Enjoy the sillier moments.

-Sirena Van Schaik

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