Puffy Paint

Puffy Paint

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This is by far the best thing we have tried yet!!  The paint is taste safe, it’s washable, and it is so fun!  My son is not usually open to trying new craft projects.  He doesn’t like to touch new things (finger paint, play dough, etc.) but he loved this!  I finally found a great way for him to be creative without being uncomfortable.

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You just need a few ingredients:

1/2 cup flour

2 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoon salt

food coloring

enough water to make a paste

 

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I divided my flour mixture into 3 small containers and added 10 drops of food coloring in each little container.  I then mixed a little water until I got to a thick paint consistency.  I put the paint in snack size ziploc bags so there was no mess.  To paint, I just snipped the corner of each bag.

 

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Since this paint is really thick, you will need to put it on something sturdy.  I cut out these sheets from old cardboard boxes.

 

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Paint until your heart is content!  This would probably work with a paint brush too for older kids.

When you’re all done you put it in the microwave for 30-40 seconds.  This dries the paint and makes it puff up.  When my husband got home from work, our son told him how we put his paintings in the microwave and he thought we were crazy until we showed him how awesome they were!

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The top picture has been microwaved, the bottom picture is still wet.

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We will definitely be doing this again and again!  So easy, cheap, quick, and fun!!

Homemade Watercolors

Homemade Watercolors

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I set out with one idea and we ended up going in a totally different direction.  Typical, I guess, when trying to do art with a toddler.  Check out what happened.

I started with these materials:

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  • 3 plastic cups
  • 3 plastic spoons
  • red, yellow, and blue food coloring

I filled each cup with about 2 inches of water and added 4 drops of food coloring.

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I then put spoons in each cup and stuck them in the freezer.

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After the water was completely frozen, I took them out of the cups.  We had awesome water colors with easy-to-hold handles!

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The intent was to paint with them as they melted.  First, we tried them on some tissue paper.  I was thinking we could give it a stained glass look and make something neat to hang on the window.

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But…the tissue paper stuck to the ice and ripped apart 🙁

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Onto Plan B.  We rubbed them on construction paper.

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The ice wasn’t melting fast enough to keep my son’s interest.

So…onto Plan C!

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I got out a large baking tray and the salt!  I had my son sprinkle the salt to help the ice melt faster…fast enough to keep him interested.

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Of course, most of the salt ended up on his pants and the floor.  What did hit the ice and tray helped it melt.  We mixed the colors around and looked at how the ice changed and felt with the salt on it.

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By the time we finished we had some awesome colors!

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So, our adventured turned out nothing like I had originally planned, but it was much more fun in the end and kept him occupied for 45 minutes!!  I consider it a success!