Did you know you can make puffy paint in the microwave? I’ve seen different variations of this on pinterest and thought we’d try it ourselves. This is a great hands on activity for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners and a wonderful tactile learning experience too.
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- I Spy Bottles for Preschoolers
- Playing with Dinosaurs for Toddlers & Preschoolers
- KoolAid Playdough Recipe – it smells amazing!
- Reading the Easy Way Preschool (12 week sight word reading program for Preschoolers includes 5 games, worksheets including color by sight word, readers, and more)
Easy Microwave Puffy Paint
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- food coloring
- water (you want enough water so it is a loose paste)
HINT: You can also put it in a sandwich bag with the edge cut off. The squeeze bottle was great for little hands, but the plastic bag was less clean up – so you pick what works best for your household.
Now you are all ready for your child to make some incredible artwork.
The kids thought it was great fun! We ‘painted’ on cardstock for durability. When the creation is done just stick it in the microwave for 30 seconds (or a little longer if it is really on their thick).
This is a great way for kids to practice making alphabet letters, their names, numbers, and more. (you can use these simple alphabet worksheets if your child needs some guidance)
When the paint puffs up it makes a really cool way to help little ones learn how to make letters!
- You can make upper/lower case letters & match have them match them
- Write the letter in pencil & have them trace it in puffy paint
- Spell out their name so they learn how to “build” it and to trace it with their finger
The possibilities are endless! I hope you try it – your kids will LOVE it!