Thursday 5 December 2013

Microwaved Puffy painting

Yesterday, after having fun with our puffy paint we moved on to this: Microwaved puffy paint!

The girls loved this activity as much as the shaving foam!

To make your own you will need...

  • Flour
  •       Salt
  • Baking powder
  • Water
  • Paint or food colouring
  • Paper
  • Paintbrush or your hands!


To make your Microwaved puffy paint we got a bowl and put in 4 tablespoons of flour, 4 tablespoons of salt, 2 tablespoons of baking powder, 2 teaspoons of food colouring and 4 tablespoons of water to make a thick but runny paste.

If you fancy making this into a Christmas Craft like we did today you might like to try this too...


Using my Free Symmetry Star PDF file do the symmetry and then using paperclips to hold down your tracing paper with the paper clips and with a blunt pencil press quite hard as you trace the picture...

Get your cardboard.  Flip the tracing paper over so the marked side is facing down on to the cardboard and use the paper clips to hold it in place.


Pressing quite hard again, trace around the shape of your Star - or any other shape you want to make - the pressure will mark the cardboard with the granite from the pencil marks on the other side.


This time cut out the shapes before painting them.

When the girls had finished painting their stars we put them in the microwave on an old plate.  It took 30 seconds for the ones with less paint and 60 seconds for the ones more thickly painted.

I'm guessing, if we put a hole-punch in the top, being careful with the paint so not to cover the hole, next time we do this we've have a lovely decoration to hang on the Christmas tree - obviously we'd add a bit of ribbon to make a loop through the hole... 

I will get on to that one shortly, once Chiara's birthday is over with that is (it's her birthday tomorrow - so EXCITED!)

Oh, and as my Honi, my 6 year old, pointed out there is science here as what we are doing is an irreversible change.  We are also making a compound mixture too! 

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