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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.

Ingredients  

300g | 10.6 oz fine salt

150g | 5.3 oz self-raising flour

300g | 10.6 0z water (see recipe notes)

Colourant of choice

Method

1. Combine salt, flour and water in a bowl and whisk together until smooth and well combined.

2. Separate mixture into 4 containers, adding a different colourant to each batch.

To Use

Paint, paint, paint, then place your masterpiece into the microwave for 5-10 seconds to puff.

Recipe Notes

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.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

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Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

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