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Recipe for Puffy Paint – easy to make and great for all kids!

Recipe for Puffy Paint – easy to make and great for all kids!

Ingredients

  • 1 Table spoon salt
  • 1 Table spoon self raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons water food colouring

Method:

  • Mix all the ingredients together using a paint brush until they are well combined and the consistency of a “paste”. 
  • Mix a few different colours at a time. 
  • Cut up a few old cardboard boxes and make sure the pieces are small enough to fit into your microwave oven at home.    The reason you want to use cardboard (like a box) is because you are going to microwave the art at the end of the painting session

Enjoy the paining experience and with a bit of planning this can lead to a great guided “learning through play” session over the holiday:

TIPS:

  • Always stay engrossed in what your child is going, give lots of positive re-enforcement, guide the play session with visual and verbal prompts and allow your child’s imagination to run wild.  
  • Another great idea is to start the activity with a story and to ask your child to paint a character from the story, or a picture of the story. 
  • Make sure you comment on what the child is doing and you can ask questions during the painting session that will help encourage communication.
  • Imitating your child during the session is a great way to make them feel more comfortable and secure in the activity.
  • Remember:  “art is art – there is no right or wrong way to draw their puff paint picture”.

CONCLUDE YOUR PAINING SESSION – MICROWAVE the art:  when the painting creations are done place the cardboard onto a microwavable bowl or plate in the centre of the microwave. 

All microwaves are different so start with 10 second and check that the paint has puffed and cooked.  Most painting will require about 20 seconds.  Avoid burning the paint by checking your child’s artwork at regular intervals.

Ilse Kilian-Ross is the owner of Amazing K, a registered ECD and Partial Care Facility in Johannesburg. Amazing K is a private autism school and therapy centre for children from age 2 years where learners receive the best of both the schooling and therapy world. The autism school offers Individualized Education Programs, ABA, Speech- and Augmentive Alternative Communication (AAC) therapy as well as a full and adapted Academic Curriculum. Read more about this Johannesburg Autism School here.