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Frozen Yoghurt Paint

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Yoghurt painting is one of our staple activities when the children are small. It can be really tricky to find non-toxic paints or ones that are suitable for the under threes, so we’ve found yoghurt mixed with a little food colouring to be a good alternative.

You will need:

  • Natural Yoghurt
  • Food colouring (we used gel but liquid is better)
  • Ice cube tray
  • Craft sticks
  • Paper and washi tape (optional)
  • Bowls
  • spoons


  1. Pre-mix each colour into a bowl first. If you are at all worried about stains just use a little – the aim here is to have fun and explore rather than worry about colours!
  2. Spoon the mixture into the ice cube tray.
  3. Stick a paddle pop stick into the centre of each compartment
  4. Freeze overnight


As you can see from the photos above, my youngest two had a lot of fun with this! Mr E (13 months) did of course try to put the paints in his mouth, but because they are all natural, it wasn’t an issue.

Just like all of the activities I share here, supervision is required. I had to stop Mr E from trying to run around with the paint sticks and he would occasionally try to put the whole lot in his mouth. Whenever these situations occurred, I diverted his attention by showing him how to paint.

Z (3.5 years) was obviously more engaged with the actual painting process and happily experimented with the colours.

Creative activities with tabies and toddlers can be tiring – mainly because the set-up tidy-up takes a while and the time spent on the actually activity itself is relatively short, but when I see how well Z interacts with art projects now, i’m reminded that it’s all worth it!

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Sian Thomas

Sian Thomas

Sian is the founder of Teach Investigate Play. She helps parents navigate the early years by providing meaningful and simple activities. She also owns 'Get Set Social Media' - a social media consultancy for small businesses. From the UK, now living in Vienna (via Australia). About page has more!

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