Homemade Puffy Paint

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Homemade puffy paint sounds a lot more messy than it really is. Actually, it's completely dry when you're done so the mess potential significantly declines with that alone. :) Here's what you'll need to make your own puffy paint- and personally I think the more colors the better! :) This recipe will make enough for one person so you may desire to double it for additional children or maybe do another batch for a different color? 

  • 1 tablespoon self-rising flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 drops of food coloring
  • just a little water to make a loose paste
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For this activity we found that using a spoon to drop the puffy paint on the letter D (for drop, drip, or drizzle) worked best. Here’s a look at it before and after going in the microwave:

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You’ll want to stay close by the microwave to monitor it and be careful taking it out because the flour mixture can get hot! 

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We took a simple approach with the activity today but this is one that could be super fun with lots of colors and creativity! I’d love to see your creations be sure to tag them with #littlelearner. Happy puffy painting, friends!