Making and Creating with Puff Paint

Puff Paint

What you'll need

  • Self Raising Flour
  • Salt
  • Food Colouring
  • Water
  • Bowls
  • Card or heavy paper
  • Material
  • Microwave

What is the learning in this activity?

Ages: Children 2+ yrs with an adult

Purpose: Homemade puff paint is fun, easy and inexpensive to make.  It is simple for children to follow instructions and is a fun science experiment as well.

Let's play

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  • Mix equal parts of Self Raising Flour with salt..  I started with 4 tablespoons of each.
  • Add a little water and stir until it becomes a paste with a consistency of paint.
  • Divide the paste between the small bowls.
  • Add some food colouring to each bowl.
  • Using a  cotton bud, spoon or paint brush, apply the colours to your card or heavy paper .
  • Microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Admire your creation!

Let's talk 

Qs -  Why did the paint puff?  Why did we need to cook it? What colours can you mix? Can you make a shape? Can you make a picture?

Extension - Mix the coloured paints.  Add detail to the puffed creations with pens and pencils.

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