Puffy Paint

Puffy paint is a really fun medium to explore and make together! Not only does it present many new opportunities for painting, but mixing the ingredients together for puffy paint can feel so satisfying!

First, mix together equal parts shaving cream and glue in the plastic bag. Your toddler can help add the ingredients - it is always fun to hear the buzz of shaving cream as it comes out of the container! If you are using the supplies from option 2, mix them together in the bag as well. Once your ingredients are mixed together, choose what color you would like to make your puffy paint and add a few drops of food coloring.

Seal the bag and mix by gently squeezing or shaking the bag. This can be a super fun sensory experience that is especially pleasurable if your toddler prefers keeping their hands clean. If you do not have a resealable plastic bag, mixing your ingredients in a bowl works just as well!

You may need to add a little extra shaving cream or water to get the desired consistency, but once your paint has been created you can explore it in several ways. In the classroom, I typically cut a small hole in the corner of the bag so the I can pipe out the paint onto paper. Your toddler could also explore this paint with their hands or a paint brush. A huge benefit to this paint is that you can easily adhere items to your creation. Some ideas could be, items found in nature (leaves, sticks) or small pieces of paper (perhaps there are different colors and shapes!) The possibilities are endless!

Enjoy! And remember, no pressure-have fun with it and tap into what makes it fun for your family!

I wonder...

I wonder statements are a great way to introduce concepts to children, stimulate their curiosity while modeling the pleasure of learning, and embrace ideas in a fun and unpressured way!

    I wonder what it feels like?
    I wonder what color we should use? Should we use red/blue/green?
    I wonder what shapes you can stick to your puffy paint?

Project Supplies

Option1:
Shaving cream
Glue
Paint or food coloring
Resealable plastic bag (optional)

Option 2:
1 cup flour
3 teaspoons of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
1 1/4 cups of water (add slowly until you get the consistency of pancake batter)

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