Tuesday, February 8, 2011

puffy paint


Lucas enjoyed working with puffy paint yesterday, I knew he would since the viscosity is somewhat similar to glue… and he loves glue!

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I made a batch and separated it into three different colours, I used old shampoo bottles and an old glue bottle. Lucas preferred the glue bottle since it was smaller and easier for his little hands to squeeze.


To make puffy paint:

    • 1cup of flour
    • 1cup of salt
    • 1cup of water
    • empty squeeze containers
    • 1 Tablespoon tempera paint –as many colours as you want

Mix the first 3 ingredients together in a big bowl.

Divide the mix out into smaller containers – one for each colour

Add 1 Tbsp of tempera and mix well. Adjust the colour by add another tsp of paint until desired colour s reached

Pour into squeeze bottle – a funnel will make this easier or you can spoon the mixture.

Give the child the bottles and watch them get to work!


* this paint does not work well on construction/craft paper. Instead use matte board or card board, we used and old cereal box cut up!

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  1. What a great idea. I'm going tomorrow to buy some tempera paint

  2. Definitely going to try it! Love the look on his face. Very intense concentration! Great activity! Kerri

  3. hey...Definitely going to try it! Love the look on his face.


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