I found this puff paint art activity on Pinterest recently and really wanted to try it out. Baby B is a little too young for it, so I enlisted the help of my 6-year-old niece, E.
I love this activity for a number of reasons. It uses edible ingredients so it’s safe to do with younger preschoolers but is still fun and interesting for school age kids. It allows plenty of room to be creative and doubles as a science experiment.
Part of the fun was making the paints thicker or thinner to see what consistency puffed up the most. Using the microwave was obviously a draw as well. E made a whole collection of paintings and was reluctant to stop creating when it was time to go home.
Below is the recipe and instructions. Give it a try and let me know how it goes!
Puff Paint Art Activity
- 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- 2 Tablespoons Salt
- food coloring
- Mix up the dry ingredients in a bowl. We used a whisk to make sure there were no clumps.
- Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the mixture into a small container. Add a few drops of food coloring and a little bit of water and mix it up. Keep adding water a little bit at a time until you have a consistency like tempura paint.
- Repeat to make more colors.
- Use a paint brush, Q-Tip or fingers to paint on a thick piece of paper.
- Pop your piece of art in the microwave for 3o seconds and watch the magic happen!
- Carefully remove the painting from the microwave and allow to cool.