Homemade “Puffy Paint” with Preschoolers

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Today, we created our own “puffy paint.”  It was a great lesson on states of matter and change.  The kids had a ball with this one……

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Here is what we used…

– several squeeze bottles ( I ordered these from Amazon)

– flour

– salt

– a funnel

– food coloring (optional)

– water

– cardstock

– a cookie tray for transporting the wet works of art

First I added equal parts salt and flour.  I added water enough that it wasn't too waterer, but not too thick.  I also added coloring into most of the bottles, but left some of them what.  I shook them up really well.

First I added equal parts salt and flour. I added just enough water so that it wasn’t too watery, but not too thick. I also added coloring into most of the bottles, but left some of them white. I shook them up really well.

Here is the line up....

Here is the line up….

First we talked about the different states of matter. We discussed how the bottles contained liquids.  We talked about how matter can change from liquids to solids and vice versa.  We talked about how in our case today, we need to add heat to the liquid to change it into a solid.

I had several examples of different finished paintings.  I wanted the kids to see how the thinner lines worked better than thick globs (however, this in no way stopped them from covering entire pages with thick globs!).

I had several examples of different finished paintings. I wanted the kids to see how the thinner lines worked better than thick globs (however, this in no way stopped them from covering entire pages with thick globs, as you can see from the top picture!).  The children had so much fun mixing the colors and creating, in my mind, masterpieces.

After the children finished their work, I placed it on a cookie sheet and transported it to the microwave.  I used the cookies sheet so the colors wouldn't run and so the paper wouldn't give out.

After the children finished their work, I placed it on a cookie sheet and transported it to the microwave. I used the cookies sheet so the colors wouldn’t run and so the paper wouldn’t give out.  I placed them in the microwave anywhere from 30-47 seconds.

When the pieces were finished, the were REALLY HOT, so be careful.

When the pieces were finished, the were REALLY HOT, so be careful.

The kids especially liked the ones with the bubbles.  After a few minutes, the piece is hard.  If I were to do this again, I would have wire racks for the papers to dry even faster.

The kids especially liked the ones with the bubbles. After a few minutes, the piece is hard. (If I were to do this again, I would have wire racks for the papers to dry even faster)

The kids possible favorite part was feeling all of the finished products.  The thicker ones ended up a bit mushy and they loved sticking their fingers in them.

The kids favorite part was feeling all of the finished products. The thicker ones ended up a bit mushy and they loved sticking their fingers in them.

This was really fun and I will definitely be doing this again.  It seemed like the kids really got the hang of how to squeeze the bottles in order to write their names and create more focused work.  The colors came out very pastel looking, so I bet these would be great to decorate eggs at Easter time!

Enjoy!

~Miss Jenny

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