At one time or another, we’ve all told our kids to stop playing with their food. This quick + easy, keep ’em busy project basically contradicts that sentiment. Completely contradicts that sentiment.

Which is one of the reasons it is so darn fun.
condensed milk painting - (cool) progeny

Condensed milk painting is great for toddlers that want to get their hands messy (be prepared — they will be super sticky!) or older kids that want to play around with different painting materials. Because, as the Bug exclaimed the other day, Mom, watercolors AGAIN??

You only need two things to make the paint: condensed milk and food coloring. Because food coloring doesn’t easily come out of clothes, I recommend wearing an older t-shirt or art smock.

I had my kids help mix the paint. Just added a few drops of food coloring and let them mix it in.
condensed milk painting - (cool) progeny

Then I put a variety of paintbrushes on the table and let them go at it. I did save the wall from a few finger smears, but because they were painting with condensed milk, I didn’t have to worry about the little guy sticking fingers in his mouth. {{cool tip: when painting, I always put the paper on a plastic tray and each child gets his or her own tray. Easier for clean-up when little brushes go off the paper…}}
condensed milk painting - (cool) progeny
condensed milk painting - (cool) progeny

Since the paint was sweet, the Bug decided to create a painting entitled “Candy.”
condensed milk painting - (cool) progeny

The Little Lion Man? He was just happy to smear stuff on paper.
condensed milk painting - (cool) progeny

According to the Bug, it looks a little like a ghost.
condensed milk painting - (cool) progeny

The kids loved this because the colors were so vibrant. I liked it because it was one of those get-your-hands-messy-projects-that-kids-love-but-clean-up-is-easy. Hello, dishwasher.
condensed milk painting - (cool) progeny

Perfect way to beat the winter blahs! Pull this out on the next snow day or rainy/chilly/no-one-wants-to-leave-the-house Saturday.