Puffy Paintings

This hands-on paint alternative is perfect for younger children.
Nov 06, 2012

Ages

3-5

Preschoolers painting
Preschool kids painting in a classroom.

Nov 06, 2012

What you need:

  • 1 cup each flour, salt, and water 
  • empty plastic squeeze bottles 
  • watercolor paints 
  • spoon and bowl for each color 
  • cardboard squares or heavy paper 


What to do:

  1. With your child, mix flour, salt, and water in a bowl. Stir in paint until the mixture is the desired color. Encourage your child to create several different colors of squeezy paint.
  2. Pour the paint into a squeeze bottle.
  3. Invite your child to squeeze the paint from the bottle onto cardboard or heavy paper. 
  4. Encourage her to experiment with different designs, as well as letters, names, or words. 
  5. Allow the puffy paintings to dry until they are hard and sparkly, usually overnight. Invite your child to close her eyes and touch a letter with her fingers. Can she guess what letter it is?
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