Sunday, July 3, 2011

puffy painting

While doing some blog-hopping just before the school holidays, I came across this blog and saved the idea for a possible holiday activity. We had a go the other day, when we had some friends over, and it was truly fabulous. I had 7 kids here ranging in age from 23 months to 13.7 years [the 0.7 is important] and they all REALLY enjoyed this quick and easy craft.

Can I suggest a couple of tips BEFORE you sit down with the kids to do this:

- cut out a LOT of cardboard ahead of time [they go through it pretty quick] I'm sure paper would work, but it would be messier to get in to the microwave.

- use cotton buds instead of paint-brushes [it makes for quick and easy clean-up].

- I made up 6 batches in 6 individual ramekins, then we added the food colouring in primary and then secondary colours, helps to reinforce this with older kids, and the younger ones love the surprise when red and yellow make orange for example.

In each ramekin put 1 tablespoon of self-raising flour, 1 tablespoon of salt, and 3-4 tablespoons of water. Mix into a nice smooth paste, then add your colour!

When your masterpieces are complete, microwave on high for 20-30 seconds.

That's it.

Fantastic, cheap holiday fun.

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