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Fun and Easy Craft for the Kids: Microwavable Puffy Paint

I was reading through a Family Fun magazine and found the Microwavable Puffy Paint craft idea. I tried it out with my 4-year-old and am happy to report that it was both fun and easy! Plus, it actually worked! I mixed the paints in small Tupperware containers and let my daughter put the food coloring in until it was the shade she liked. I laid down a garbage bag on our table and let her imagination go to work. She loved it and made a picture for each person in the family. The clean up was easy, and it was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Here are the instructions if you’d like to try it with your little ones!

Microwavable Puffy Paint

Source: Family Fun (www.familyfun.com)

Mix for each color

1 Tbs. flour

1 Tbs. salt

1 Tbs. baking powder

2 Tbs. plus 1 or 2 tsp. of water

Several drops of food coloring

Stir until smooth. Apply paint to card stock (works the best) – all we had was construction paper (it worked fine but the edges curled up in the microwave). To dry and make the paint puff up, put the artwork in the microwave for 20 seconds. Keep adding 10 seconds at a time until dry.