I am delighted to be sharing with you an introduction to Nurturestore’s new book Super Sensory Invitations to Play. I have known Cathy pretty much since I started blogging and she is a fabulous educator, creative mama and also a real inspiration. We are sharing with you today just one of the 52 activities in the book – DIY Puffy Paint
Puffy paint is a real blast from my past. I remember using a hair dryer to make it expand, but this recipe is perfectly safe for kids of all ages (as long as they are past the eating stage) and is puffy straight away.
DIY Puffy Paint
Teacup of shaving foam
Quarter teacup of PVA/White school Glue
Quarter Teacup of plain/all purpose flour
Cookie and Cupcake decorating set – UK Link/US Link
First of all we mixed our first three ingredients together and then decanted them into smaller pots and then added the gel food colour to it. The puffy paint is perfectly safe to handle and is a sensory delight, sort of spongy, slimy, squishy, stodgey and soggy at the same time (we were trying to see how many s words we could come up with for it)!
We decided to use our piping nozzles and make some process art. However you could use spatulas, paintbrushes, sticks or even your fingers to play with the puffy paint. We found that once we had combined the food colouring with the paint mixture that it did not stain our hands , but don’t trust me on that as you might use a different brand of food colouring.
My boys loved making symetrical prints of their designs.
Butterflies were the order of the day!
Super Sensory Invitations to Play
I have one child that craves tactile sensory play (Mini) and one that is hypersensitive to touch and really doesn’t like getting messy (Maxi), but loves smell and taste activities and the great thing about Super Sensory Invitations to Play is it has something for every child and best of all you know that each activity has been thoroughly tested.
Super Sensory Invitations to Play is a delightful resource that encourages your children to explore the five senses throughout the year, using a wide variety of sensory materials. It includes 52 invitations to play, linked to the festivals and seasons of the year, and including water, ice, dough, rice, paints, sand, sensory tubs, and more. They are easy, simple, and fun ideas that you can use right now to give a multi-sensory boost to your play and learning. It comes with a printable recipe book featuring all recipes for play. The ebook costs $14.99.
I remember Puffy Paint too! This is great, it sounds like so much fun! 🙂
I’ve never tried puffy paint before, this is fab. x
Thank you Jen this will be awfully useful in my teaching come September
I remember puffy paint too. I used to sit and pick it off. This is great, and such a simple recipe.
Aww this stuff looks great and it sounds so easy to make. LOVE those squeezy paint containers you have 🙂
This looks like great fun. Where did you get your squeezy paint containers? Are they the things that can be used with icing?
I have led a sheltered life… I’ve never heard of puffy paint before, but I LOVE IT!!
This looks like loads of fun, I never knew you could get puffy paint x
@Ruthy They are from an icing kit. Ours was a gift from Frugal Family, but there is an excellent value one on Amazon here http://amzn.to/1OXyB9E
@Ruthy They are from an icing kit. Ours was a gift from Cass at Frugal Family, but there is an excellent value one on Amazon here http://amzn.to/1OXyB9E
How fun is this, Jen, thank you for sharing!xx
This would be a great sensory activity for my son, how easy to make too.
I’ve not done this with my daughter yet but my son used to love this. We will give this a go with her next week. Thanks for reminding me. Lots of fun!
I love the sound of puffy paint especially as we often have paint applied thickly when H is at work.
I am sure kids would love this.
We have paint dabbers but these look much more fun!!
Oh this is brilliant Jen, puffy paint sounds like so much fun. POD would absolutely love it. It’s probably a lot less messy too 🙂
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Ashamed to admit that i have never heard of puffy paint either!
But love the book – cant wait to get my hands on it! x