The kids and I have the best time coming up with fun projects and concoctions. Today we made our own Homemade Puffy Paint. This took minutes and the kids can actually make it themselves. That is a HUGE plus in my book.
What you Will Need
- Self Rising Flour (or the mix listed below)
- food coloring
- thick card stock or cardboard
What I recomend
- Brown Drop Paper
- Popsicle sticks for stirring
- paper cups for paint
- old t-shirts if you have messy painters
First thing I did is laid down my big brown paper over the table. You can pick up a roll of this painters paper at Home Depot or Lowes for about $10. Seriously, if you have kids it’s worth every penny. My kids put it down for projects, color on it, make posters. It’s the best stuff ever! In fact, I used the last of my roll today. I need to get another.
Then I measured the about 1 tbsp flour and 1 tsp salt into these little bowls. You can use paper cups to eliminate mess.
I then mixed in a few drops of food coloring and enough water to make it the consistency of pudding. Probably a couple tablespoonfuls. If you accidentally get it too runny just add a little more flour. This recipe is very forgiving.
I gave the kids each a piece of thick paper, like cardstock, and let them paint their masterpieces. I kept it a secret what the art would actually do.
Have them put the paint on a little thick. Then pop their artwork in the microwave for between 15 – 30 seconds. Ours took about 20 seconds.
We achieved puff status! If you can’t get your art to puff right try to mix in a little extra bit of baking soda. It does the trick every time.
If you don’t have self rising flour don’t worry. You can make your own. Just mix 1 cup all purpose flour with 1/2 tsp salt and 1 1/2 tsp baking powder. Stir together and you now have self-rising flour. 😉
What a fun rainy day or Summer “I’m bored” project.