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Homemade Microwave Puffy Paint
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What paper do you use? Does regular paper catch fire or anything in the microwave?
We just use regular printer paper or construction paper. We have never had any issues with fire, but we do only microwave in increments of 45 seconds or less. 🙂
Shona Robinson says
This is amazing for children to do have done it a few times with children in after school care
Shanelle Phillips says
Thank you, Heidi!!
Amber Parker says
Thats nice i will try it my teacher leted me do this but i have not did it yet but i will today i think
Jessica P. says
I just did this activity with the three year old I’m babysitting and it worked perfectly. I would definitely recommend trying this.
Jocelyn Herget says
i love your videos and crafts and food they are so much fun
Thanks, Jocelyn! Glad you like them! 🙂
What kind of paper do you use
Any kind of paper should work. We used cardstock, but you could use printer paper, construction paper, etc.
That sounds awsome !!!!
This was great even with 4 year olds who mostly make a blob, they wanted to make earth. After the initial 45 seconds it took 15-30 second intervals more and it was done still and dry (mostly, i mean it was a blob they both did). I will definitely do this again and the 1 cup recipe was just enough for 3 bags of paint for them to use as much as they wanted. I made my batter a tiny bit too thin but was still manageable and i put them in the freezer for about 10 mins before use. Thank you!
We don’t have a microwave. What would you suggest for the oven temperature and timing? Many thanks
I’ve never tried it in the oven, Lucy, so I can’t say for sure. If you try it, I would suggest starting at a low temperature to make sure that the paper doesn’t burn.
Is there an acceptable gluten-free flour alternative? My kid and I both have celiac and keep a dedicated gluten-free house. Would love to know if anybody has had any luck using a different sort of flour before I go spend $7/bag on one of the gluten-free blends. This sounds like something the little kids, teenagers and moms would enjoy!
Wow this looks great, am having some children with Downs Syndrome over today, and going to do this as an activitiy
This craft is a must! Its basically just putting bread dough on a paper and baking it. Making the paint and coloring it was difficult, but other than that, it was perfect! making pictures was fun, watching it grow was entertaining, it was super quick, and it was easy to clean up. As you can imagine, you cannot keep the papers that you decorated, but i didn’t mind that. This was an amazing time killer.
This was an awesome activity it was really cool watching the paint grow. The only issue we ran into was that there would be a clump of flour every so often and it would make the hole bigger. Other than that it was great
Theresa A. Secor says
I watch my grandkids every Friday and wanted to find something different to do. This was perfect! Now everytime they come over this is the project of the day! My grandson who is 4 almost 5 loves that he gets to help measure, and make the colors! I did realize an easy way to mix, and have less mess putting the mixture in the baggies. We have small tumblers and we used a regular size sandwich bag. I mixed the mixture in a 4 cup measuring cup, and then we put the baggie in the cup so it held it open and then we poured the mixture into the baggie from there. So much easier!
What is a flour substitute