Deborah over at Teach Preschool has a wonderful Facebook page, where she shares great ideas that she runs across when she is online. It is truly fabulous. And that is where I found this little idea about puffy paint (and I’m kicking myself for not noting the blog where she saw it).
This project was definitely a hit!
We’ve done something similar to this, here, and that was also a hit with M, but today’s version gets microwaved and turns all soft and puffy (or hard if you put it in for too long – oops!)
Recipe: 1 Cup of flour, 3 tsp of baking powder, and 1 tsp of salt. Mix these together, then add enough water to make it pourable, but not runny. It’s a bit like pancake batter, so go for that consistency, although I think ours would have been better just a tiny bit thicker than we had it.
I used a funnel to pour it into 3 squeeze bottles, filling them up about 2/3 or 3/4 of the way; then added food coloring and shook them up until it was mixed in. The shaking part may not have been the smartest decision since it made the baking powder want to explode out of the bottles, but oh well. You might want to mix your colors in bowls, and then transfer them to the bottles. ;)
I had written our last name on some cardboard, in “bubble” letters and M filled them in with the paint. He loved this. I’ve been trying to get him interested in learning how to spell our last name, and was so happy that this worked!
This is how the paint looked wet, as M filled in the letters:
He loved doing our last name so much, he asked me to write his first and middle names out for him too, so I did and he painted his entire name. :)
We put the painted cardboard in the microwave for about 20 seconds at a time, testing it each time to see if it was done. It puffs up and feels a bit like play dough, except firmer and not mold-able of course.
I was thinking of this as art, but M kept referring to it as our “science experiment”, and I guess he was right too! So, we had art, spelling, and science – and fun – all in one. It doesn’t get better than that! :)