I’ve seen recipes for homemade puffy paint many times over the years, but I never took the time to make it with the kids until today.
What a shame I waited this long!
The kids had a blast and developed lots of ways to use it.
Even Harry Potter crests and pendants!
The original instructions were to mix one tablespoon self-rising flour, one tablespoon salt, food coloring and enough water to make a paste, once for each color.
Since I made up little cups for four different children (life is too short to listen to “Mom, Alex mixed all the colors into brown!” and “Hey! Victoria used all the red up!” all day!), I soon realized that it made much more sense to just mix up:
- One part self rising flour
- One part salt
- Enough water to make a paste
and THEN divide it into muffin tins or ice cube trays and add food coloring!
Either way, all you do is give the kids Q-tips or paint brushes and instruct them to dab it on cardboard.
We used recycled Priority Mail boxes for our canvases, cut into small squares. You want a nice sturdy canvas.
When the picture is finished, microwave it for about 10 seconds (we did 5 second intervals and occasionally needed longer for really thick and wet paintings).
All four kids had a blast using this stuff and they used it off and on the whole day and into the night.