Puffy Paint

puffy paint

Puffy Paint

A fun activity to do with children. Puffy paint is easy to make and can be used with a variety of tools. It can be put into a snap lock bag to squeeze out, use with paint brushes or cotton buds. It is also great because you can talk about maths concepts such as measuring and counting, science such as dry to wet and how it puffs up. We did this with the children at the Kempsey centre this month and they loved watching the paint puff up!


1 cup self raising flour

1 cup table salt

1 cup water

bowls, cotton buds, paint brushes, snap lock bags, scissors, cardboard


 1. Mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl.

 2. Stir in the water and mix to combine until smooth.

 3. Divide the mixture evenly into bowls.(depends how many colours you want)

4. Stir in the dye to colour each bowl.

 5. Use the spoon to scoop the coloured paint into a ziplock bag. Start to seal the bag, squeezing the air out and leaving about 1 cm unzipped.

 6. Push the paint towards one corner and use  scissors to snip off a small corner.

 7. Let your child gently squeeze the bag as they paint onto some cardboard. They can be as creative as they want!

 8. Carefully place in a microwave and cook on HIGH for 10 seconds. Check to see the paint is puffing and continue to cook on high at 10-second intervals until the paint is dry and puffy.