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Small Kids Moment: Homemade Puffy Paint (Video)

homemade puffy paint, homemade craft supplies, puffy paint recipeLast week, a Kid Scoop reader sent in a great Small Kids Moment suggestion that called for puffy paint.

I’ve never bought puffy paint, but I know two things about it.

First, it contains chemicals that I wouldn’t want to accidentally end up in my kids’ mouths (you just never know) and second, it’s expensive when you start buying multiple colors.

With a bit of poking around, I found a recipe for homemade puffy paint.

Little did I realize just how much fun my daughter would have with the paint before we even moved on to the bigger project.

So today, let’s tackle the puffy paint and I’ll be back next week with the fun project the reader suggested.

(Update: Here’s the project we tackled…Cinnamon Ornaments.)

Here’s what you’ll need for this project…

  • squeeze bottles for the paint … my local Michael’s had these for $1 each
  • flour
  • salt
  • water
  • food coloring (I used Wilton gel colors)
  • bowls
  • whisk
  • popsicle sticks or spoons
  • super thick paper … we used paint paper

And here’s how you make it…


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    1. Gather up your ingredients.
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    2. Add equal parts water, flour, and salt to a bowl.
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    3. Whisk until completely smooth.
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    4. Add a few drops of food coloring (we did 3 drops of each color).
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    5. Stir until well blended.
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    6. Grab your bottles and fill them up.
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    7. I used 1 cup of water, flour, and salt. I should have doubled it to fill these containers.
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    8. Be sure to choose a good thick paper to hold up to the paint.
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    9. Have several extra sheets of paper on hand. Katie went through five pages before I pulled her away.

And here’s my daughter Katie’s testimonial…

You can visit Nichole here and  find her on Facebook and Twitter too!

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