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5 Puffy Paint Ideas for Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
May 19, 2023
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Puffy paint for kids is fun to make and play with. Here are five ways to make it for a sensory art experience and 3D art.

Updated June 2023

We don’t know what it is with PUFFY PAINT but every child we know loves it!

We’ve tried our share of different recipes along with store bought paints and here are our favorites.

Give one of these ideas a try with your kids for a fun sensory experience while creating 3D artwork.

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5 Puffy Paint Ideas

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1. How to Make Puffy Paint

This paint is amazing! It’s the puffiest of paints, puffing up even more after it’s dried!

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2. Microwave DIY Puffy Paint Art

Watch it puff up before your eyes as it cooks for 30 seconds in the microwave! Add essential oils for an added sensory element.

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3. Our Holiday Variation

Using our recipe from #2, but in fun holiday colors! Try this at Christmas or in the winter and paint seasonal themes.

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4. A Salt Paint Recipe

It’s raised and little kids love to mix it, squeeze it out, and create art with it but I wouldn’t call it puffy per se. It dries 3D but is hard and crystalline.

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5. How to Do Foam Painting

What kid doesn’t love shaving cream? You can combine shaving cream and paint for a DIY foam paint experience. Paint animals, toys, cars, etc. Kids love this stuff!

You can make DIY foam paint or splurge for the store-bought version. Either one is a guaranteed hit!

How about you? Have you tried puffy paint art with your kids?

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