Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Puffy Paint

Due to the inspiration of those wonderful ladies, Sherry & Donna at Irresistable Ideas for play based learning http://www.playbasedlearning.com.au/ & their post about Puffy Painting http://www.playbasedlearning.com.au/2011/05/puffy-paint-pictures/ we finally decided to give this a go for ourselves on Thursday.
Our mixture of self raising flour, water & green, red, blue & yellow food colouring resulted in some pastel coloured paint.
We soon discovered our mixture was a little runny, but we persisted with it anyway to see how they would turn out.
Unfortunately they didn't 'puff' up much after being microwaved. On Friday we tried again, but with less water this time. The result was a more gelatinous mixture.
The colours also seemed to sit side by side rather than blending together as they made contact with each other.
These works definitely did puff out in the microwave. Unfortunately my photos of the finished works were accidentaally deleted so you'll have to take my word for it.
Today (Tuesday) we extended on this by providing tissue paper for the children to apply their puffy paint to.
While this was a different experience again, we found that as the paper was more flimsy it performed it ways that worked against the children as they painted.
The paper stuck to the brushes, folded in on itself & even tore in places.
Nevertheless, some wonderful ingenuity on the part of these 2 year olds led to some very creative and imaginitive artworks. This included excellent problem-solving skills to get around the paper-folding conundrum.


  1. Hee .. hee .. I love the way they soldiered on Greg!
    Donna :) :)

  2. The microwaving didn't work as well with paper. The corner curled up & where there were hole, they ecame a little larger. I thought about trying agin with something sturdy lie what you used, but we made our own discoveries. That maes it our experience, not a rehash of yours. Perseverance is a wonderous thing to behold in 2 year olds I think.
    Greg :)

  3. So glad to see your blog (via Sherry & Donna :)! Love the puffy paint exploration and love even more the efforts to extend the exploration over a number of days. It'll be interesting to see if you & the children experiment more with the qualities of tissue paper :) Cheers, Jeanne from Zella Said Purple

  4. Half the things we try with the kids at preschool go pear shaped or take off in a different direction - no matter, that is what play and learning and exploring is all about!

  5. Have to be careful too that some types of paper don't fare to well in the microwave. I have black paper start to smoke in a microwave.

  6. Puffy paint? I have never heard of this! The thing with trying out new ideas, and the thing I especially find with science is that sometimes you have to modify and try again to get the best results! This is an excellent example of that! again thank you for submitting another post!

  7. I love the learning curves involved.... and how when one thing didn't quite seem to work, something else was tried and built upon! AND... it is all about the wonderful challenges and process anyway!!!! Thanks for linking up over at PreKandK Sharing We LOVE Paint linky party!