Thursday, January 17, 2013

Homemade Puffy Paint

On Monday, I saw a post about Homemade Puffy Paint on Sizzle Bop's Facebook page.  (Sizzle Bop is a great site if you have a highly distractible person living with you. They have a lot of encouraging information.)  It only required a few ingredients and it looked cool, so I thought it would be a good activity to add to our afternoon.

1 cup flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Mix all the dry ingredients and then add just enough water to make it the consistency of pancake batter.

We divided it into 4 small baggies and added food coloring to them.  Seal (Double and triple check that the zip has locked.) and squish to mix the color in. Snip a small corner off and get creative on a piece of paper. (We just used construction-type paper.) After your creation is made, put it in the microwave for 30-60 seconds until the paint is set and poofy.  If your artist is a little heavy handed with the paint, it will probably take closer to the minute mark.  Start with 30 seconds and add on from there.
Before microwaving


See?  Poofy!  (Some of the water will bake out.  Don't be alarmed if your page comes out a little wet.  It dries.)

This was a fun project and is great for these cold Winter days when everyone is stuck inside.

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