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Rainy Day Project #1

Microwave Puffy Painting

Alas!! it doesn’t look like this incessant rain is gong to end anytime soon so I’ve brought forward my first rainy day post by a few days. We had great fun with puffy painting on saturday at our last arts & crafts class and the kids would have kept experimenting for the day if their parents hadn’t come to whisk them away. It’s the perfect project for home – easy and quick to prepare and guaranteed to keep the littles entertained for at least an hourĀ  :)

All you need for some puffy kitchen fun is some light card (cereal box will do), flour, baking powder, food colouring and a microwave. [read on] for the recipe and more photos

Puffy Paint Recipe & Instructions

1. mix 1 cup flour, 2 tbsp baking powder and 2 tbsp salt in a bowl, one bowl per colour
2. next add some water – a little at a time until the consistency of the mix is like pancake batter
3. last, add some food coloring to each bowl
4. we poured our coloured mix into squeeze bottles and get painting – if you don’t have squeezies then cotton buds will do the trick.

Now for the magic: when each painting is finished pop it into the microwave for 30 seconds, depending on the power setting and thickness of paint it might need a little longer in the microwave, in 10 second intervals.

Tip: keep the lines thin and avoid puddles of colour as they don’t puff up as well and take longer in the microwave.

have fun :)


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