Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Painting with Puff


When I was a child, my first grade reading book was Dick and Jane and they had a dog named Spot and a cat named Puff.  I always thought Puff was a cute name for a cat!  But this post isn’t about reading or about cats.  It’s about a fun art project that uses ingredients mixed together that create a paint that puffs up when microwaved.  How fun is that?  Here’s the recipe.  May it keep the kiddos in your life happily entertained for at least an hour or two!

In a small bowl, combine:

2 Tbsp. self-raising flour
6 drops of food coloring
2 Tbsp. salt

Add enough water to make into a creamy paste.  Using a paint brush or sponge, create a design on tagboard or cardboard.  Make another ‘batch’ of puffy paint in other colors if desired.  Paint, paint, paint.  When done, microwave the design on high for  15 – 30 seconds.  The paint will puff and should dry completely.

*To make your own self-raising flour, blend 2 cups of all-purpose flour with 1 Tbsp. baking powder.


  1. Hello La Tea Dah...Your post made me smile today. It has been quite a moon since I've thought about Dick, Jane, and Spot. Good lord, I forgot all about Puff!

    The paint sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing. Susan

  2. Oh thanks for that craft idea. I'm always looking for ideas for the boys and things that are kind of "magical" are especially fun.

    "Puff" is a wonderful name for a cat.

  3. I'll take this to my niece's next time I babysit! She will love it and so will I.

  4. Now that is a cute idea! I'll have to remember that for when Callum is a wee bit older. Thanks, LaDonna!


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