I’m always looking for new and different ways for the kids to paint, as regular painting can get repetitive and possibly less stimulating, well for my boys anyway.
So I came across this puffy paint recipe and decided to do it with Yousuf (2.5 at the time) – this is a fun science inspired activity who I would recommend is suitable from kids who are sitting and above, as its an edible paint it shouldn’t cause any harm to those curious minds.
My older one loved helping me make the paints, by measuring out the ingredients, mixing, adding the food colouring and then the painting. Then once the finished pieces were out of the microwave, he couldn’t wait to do it again.
You could also, create cards for special occasions, with your little ones textured craft!
Paint recipe, For each colour you need to mix together the following:
- 1 tbsp self-rising flour
- food colouring in the colours of your choice, the amount doesn’t really matter (but add last, after mixing to a paste)
- 1 tbsp salt
- Little bit of water, I started and worked my way to the a thin paste.
Paint onto card or cardboard with thick lines, I found the thicker the lines of paint on the paper the better it puffed up.
Once painted, pop into the microwave for 30 seconds, be careful when the 30 seconds are done, as it will be hot. And voila you have a puffy paint picture.
If your little one is feeling adventurous and you don’t mind of course let him get his hands a little dirty and do hand prints, again making sure the paint is a thick layer. It puffs up beautifully and is a nice one to hang on to.
Tag me on Instagram @TheSmallPrintOfBeingAMum to show me your little ones masterpieces!