Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A happy medium

Last week I was sitting at gymnastics leafing through a Family Fun Magazine when I saw this recipe for how to make your own puff paint. I thought it looked like fun so I texted the recipe to myself for future reference. I have saved lots of things for future reference to do with the girls (thanks pinterest) but we never seemed to get around to doing them. After lunch I was cleaning up the kitchen I just thought, "What the heck, let's do something fun and creative and not worrying about the "list" of things I need to be doing."  So, I made the paint (it took less than 5 minutes), gathered up my little artists, and the fun began. 

Microwave puff paint 

1 Tablespoon flour
1 Tablespoon salt, 
1 Tablespoon baking powder, 
2 Tablespoons plus 1 or 2 tsp water,
 drops of food coloring. 
Stir until smooth. 
then microwave pictures 20 to 30 seconds.

I made a double batch and then separated it into four containers and added the colors.
 I would suggest aprons. Since it's colored with food coloring I'm sure it would stain clothes. 
(It is edible, but probably wouldn't taste very good.)
 Let the painting begin. The magazine suggested using card stock paper.
Then microwave.
 We found the thicker we painted on the paper the puffer it was when microwaved.

 Natalie tried one on regular paper and it seemed to work just fine too.
We're glad we found a new, cheap, easy medium to be creative with.