Use the microwave to turn three simple ingredients into puffy paint!
Oh, we had fun with this today! I’ve seen lots of recipes for homemade puffy paint online, and it’s been on our to- do list for a while. I picked up a small bag of self-rising flour at our bulk/health food store recently so we could give it a try.
Homemade puffy paint is a great art activity for children and has the added bonus of being a bit of a science experiment as well.
To make your own homemade puffy paints, you’ll need:
- 1 tbsp self-rising flour
- food colouring in the colours of your choice (I used Wilton icing gels) see below
- 1 tbsp salt
- little bit of water (start with 1/4 tsp)
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How to make your puffy paints:
Combine your flour and salt in a small bowl. Add a little bit of water and stir until you get a smooth, thin paste (about the same consistency of stirred yogurt). Add your food colouring, and mix well.
Now for the science! When you’re happy with your masterpiece, pop it into the microwave for 30 seconds and watch your painting puff up! Your artwork will be warm when you remove it from the microwave, but it will be completely set.
Update: One of our paintings started flaking within a couple of days. I’m not sure why, because the others held up for weeks on the window sill. I’m not sure how long your project will last for, but as far as a fun art/science activity to do with your kids, this one gets 2 thumbs up from me!