This recipe for microwave puff paint is an adaptation of something I used to do with my Early Childhood Studies students, back in my teaching heyday! It is fun, non-toxic and is easily made with common pantry ingredients.
You’re obviously going to need a microwave (yes I know, they’re controversial, but after reading an article from Sarah Wilson a while ago, I came to the conclusion that they’re ‘ok’ in moderation and in certain circumstances, but that’s me and my opinion).
This activity is a fun way to fill some time on the school holidays; my kids are occupied for at least 45 minutes being creative and crafty! Just make sure the paint is quite thick on the page so it has enough substance to puff!
MICROWAVE PUFFY PAINT
Makes: 750 g | 26.5 oz Prep time: < 5 min.
300g | 10.6 oz fine salt
150g | 5.3 oz self-raising flour
300g | 10.6 0z water (see recipe notes)
Colourant of choice
1. Combine salt, flour
2. Separate mixture into 4 containers, adding a different
Paint, paint, paint, then place your masterpiece into the microwave for 5-10 seconds to puff.
Water should be distilled, purified or pre-boiled and cooled to extend shelf life.
Store in airtight containers between uses (be mindful that the paint will typically last around a week).
You may need to add a few drops of water, or a shake of flour to create a smooth/thick consistency.
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