I’m all about mixing science and art time. ”M” is so into science/art projects that every time we do one she ends up inspired and attempts to create something new long after we’re done. Like today she mixed the remaining paint with the leftover ingredients, asked for some Cheerios (that was a no), and stirred it all together to make…..glitter glue! Ok, not so much. In fact it was just painty saltwater. But I love that she is always thinking and imagining and coming up with new things (FYI “M” is of the mind that it just needs to rest awhile and what she’s made will certainly work….we’re checking on it’s progress tomorrow).
To make puffy paint I used this superfantastic housingaforest.com recipe. This is a must-do activity. It is so much fun and the results are great.
What’s great is that this paint is made with a grand total of four completely kid-friendly ingredients. Even better you already have all of these ingredients!
Instead of bowls I let “M” mix everything in baggies. Let me just say that this recipe results in paint with the consistency of cookie dough. Lovely raw cookie dough…..love….cookie dough….Here’s what you’ll need:
- plastic baggies
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp salt
- food coloring
- A little more than 1/3 cup water (or a little less than 1/2 cup)
- construction paper, cardboard, or mat board
Put all of the dry ingredients in baggies (one for each color), mix well. Shake and squish to your hearts content. Then add the water and repeat.
I initially tried to snip the corner of the baggie and pipe it on to the paper. Worked great for me, not so much for the 3 year old, but squeeze bottles can be found/purchased in any craft store (usually in the food area).
After you’ve finished your creation microwave for 20-30 seconds (maybe longer depending on how much paint you use) and…..POOF! Bonus the “paint” is now basically rubberized, so you can touch it (it feels like soft plastic) and it will last!
“M” and I made self portraits:
Seriously how great is this stuff?
- PUFF! LOVE!
Go ahead, go make some.
I should mention that the above recipe was our second attempt. Our first attempt at making homemade puff paint used this recipe:
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- food coloring
FYI this recipe makes
a ton 3 cups of paint. I only realized that once we had added food coloring. Thankfully we started with yellow so split into three containers, added some blue dye to one, added red dye to other and there ya go, three colors. The problem that I have with this recipe is that I was never able to get the flour/salt clumps out. So putting it into a squirt bottle was torture for “M”, they kept getting clogged and she lost interest pretty quickly. Not to mention there was not a lot of puffing going on here. It’s quite possible that I added a little too much of one thing, not enough of another, or just didn’t mix enough. So if you stumble across this recipe somewhere else and it looks as if they are having a wonderful time, go ahead and give it a try (then tell me if it worked out loads better for you).
Afterwards I let it dry out and this is the end result.