Puffy Paint Art Activity


Using homemade puffy paint is a fun -- and cheap -- activity for kids to do.Kids love art activities — especially when it involves something different.

That’s why kids enjoy creating pictures using homemade puffy paint

Paint made from flour is a novel idea to them. Your grandkids will love making the paint and then using it to express their creativity!

This paint is super easy to make. It takes ingredients that you already have around your home. Yay! (Well, you might not have the squeeze bottles.)

Here’s what you’ll need:

Puffy Paint

1 cup flour
1 cup salt
1/2-3/4 cup water
food coloring
several plastic squeeze bottles
wire whisk
mixing bowl
4-5 small bowls
inexpensive paper plates or card stock

Using homemade puffy paint is a fun -- and cheap -- activity for kids to do.

(You’ll notice that I used sea salt. I’m not trying to make elegant puffy paint. No siree, Bob! I just didn’t have regular salt so that is what I had to use!)

Put the flour, salt, and water in a mixing bowl stir until there aren’t any lumps. This should be the consistency of pancakes. Add more water if it is too thick.
Using homemade puffy paint is a fun -- and cheap -- activity for kids to do.

Divide the mixture into smaller bowls — one for each color that you want to have. Add several drops of the food coloring in the bowls and stir until well mixed.

Let’s talk about food coloring for a moment. My granddaughter’s favorite color is purple. So, I mixed red food coloring and blue to make purple paint. It turned out grayish purple How do you spell ugly?? However, when it dried on her picture it wasn’t too bad.

The colors didn’t seem to be very vibrant. Next time, I’m going to use different coloring so that I can get brighter colors.

Using homemade puffy paint is a fun -- and cheap -- activity for kids to do.

This next step is rather challenging. You need to pour the paint into the squeeze bottles.

(I want to pause here to talk about those squeeze bottles. I thought that I could get them at the dollar store. No, I was told. They are out of season. These bottles are commonly used for ketchup and mustard. When is ketchup and mustard out of season? I went to the nearby grocery store. No luck. I went to Wal-Mart and found some for 97 cents. Yipee!)

I first started using a funnel to get the paint into the squeeze bottles. It was super slow! (I think that my paint was too thick!)

I tried putting the paint in a plastic baggy, cutting a hole in the corner, and squeezing the paint into the bottle. Super messy.

My daughter tried simply spooning it into the bottles. This was faster but still messy.

I think I needed either a funnel that had a bigger hole or thinner paint.

Using homemade puffy paint is a fun -- and cheap -- activity for kids to do.

Here they are all ready to go — both the paint and my granddaughters! (Be sure they wear something to protect their clothing.)
Using homemade puffy paint is a fun -- and cheap -- activity for kids to do.

I could foresee that my granddaughters would be enthralled with this activity and would want to paint lots of pictures. So, I got some cheap, cheap paper plates for them to paint on. That worked really well.
Using homemade puffy paint is a fun -- and cheap -- activity for kids to do.Using homemade puffy paint is a fun -- and cheap -- activity for kids to do.Using homemade puffy paint is a fun -- and cheap -- activity for kids to do.Using homemade puffy paint is a fun -- and cheap -- activity for kids to do.Using homemade puffy paint is a fun -- and cheap -- activity for kids to do.Using homemade puffy paint is a fun -- and cheap -- activity for kids to do.Using homemade puffy paint is a fun -- and cheap -- activity for kids to do.

I wanted to see what it would be like to paint on card stock. So I drew this flower on a piece. Card stock works just fine. The only difference (in my humble opinion) is that it is more expensive than paper plates.

However, paper plates tend to confine what is drawn because of the ridges around the edge. So, if cost isn’t an issue, you’ll probably want to use card stock.

Using homemade puffy paint is a fun -- and cheap -- activity for kids to do.

Be sure that you have plenty of time for this activity. Your little Rembrandts will be so enthralled that they’ll spend lots of time painting and painting.

And that is good!


4 thoughts on “Puffy Paint Art Activity

  • April J Harris

    What a fun, frugal and creative idea! It’s lovely for kids to be able to give their pictures texture as well as colour. Pinned and shared. Thank you for bringing this post to the Hearth and Soul Hop, Nina.

  • Nina Lewis Post author

    Hi Cat,

    Yeah, who knew condiments were seasonal! Thanks for dropping by. Oh, by the way, I love the idea of a Santa bag! I enjoyed reading about it on your blog.

    Best,
    Nina

  • Cat

    This looks like so much fun! And thank you for the heads up on getting the squeeze bottles from Walmart. I think the Dollar Store must consider summer to be ketchup and mustard “season”? Just a theory 🙂

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