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Small Kids Moment: Homemade Puffy Paint (Video)

By Nichole |

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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Small Kids Moment: Homemade Puffy Paint (Video)


1. Gather up your ingredients.

And here’s my daughter Katie’s testimonial…

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Nichole Beaudry lives in Sacramento, California with her husband Craig, their daughter Katie and baby boy Matthew. In her former life she was a college English professor, now she shares some of her small moments in her Practicing Gratitude column each week at SheKnows and works at AllParenting as the Assignments Editor. She was a contributor to Babble, and currently keeps a personal blog, In These Small Moments.

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6 thoughts on “Small Kids Moment: Homemade Puffy Paint (Video)

  1. Practical Parenting says:

    Love this! Can’t wait to try it!

  2. Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation says:

    How cute!!! This might be a craft I can actually handle!

  3. Jessica (@fourplusanangel) says:

    Saw this on pinterest and really want to try it. Thanks to Katie for her expert opinion :) .

  4. Christina says:

    Oh this looks so cool Nichole! I’ll have to try it over the Christmas break!

  5. Cec says:

    Another cool puffy-paint recipe is to mix white foam shaving cream with about half a bottle of glue (i dont have exact measurements, you kinda jsut have to eyeball it til it gets kinda sorta liquidy.) and mix in a little paint. The result is really cool soft foamy paint!

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