Saturday, June 4, 2011

Homemade Puffy Paint

Found this wonderful recipe at Sandy Toes and Popsicles. I've been trying to find lots of new and fun activities to do with Hudson. Especially now that it is getting really hot outside. It seems like we always do the same things; so I am trying to mix it up a bit! He loved painting with all of these fun colors and thought it was pretty cool how they puffed up. We started by painting on paper, but moved onto cardboard because it really works better. We just cut the flaps off of an empty diaper box. We used the neon food coloring that you can find in the grocery store, along with some other cake decorating food colors. They made fun and bright colors! We used 6 tablespoons of the flour and the salt and separated it into an old muffin tin tray, then mixed in the colors. This makes enough for about 4-7 kids to paint with, depending on how much paint they use. However, it does puff up better if you apply it on thick.

1 Tablespoon self-rising floor
1 Tablespoon salt
Food coloring
Enough water to make a paste

Mix the flour, salt, and water together until you have a thick paste. Next separate some of the paste into different dishes or an old muffin tin works great. Then add your food coloring. You can use paint brushes or cotton swabs to paint on cardboard. Make sure you brush the paint on thick so that it will puff up when you're done. Once you are finished painting place the cardboard picture in the microwave for 5-10 seconds.

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  1. How fun, great activity. Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a great idea, will be trying this for sure this summer! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Love it! The best thing is it is so simple to make!


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