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Puffy Paint for Kids 5 Ways


Puffy Paint for Kids 5 Ways

I don’t know what it is with PUFFY and KIDS but every child I know has loved puffy paint art activities.

We’ve tried our share of different DIY puffy paint recipes as well as commercial puffy paints and today I thought I’d share five of our favorites.

Puffy Paint for Kids 5 Ways

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

How to Make Your Own Puffy Paint

1.) DIY Puffy Paint for Kids

This puffy paint is amazing! It’s the puffiest of puffy paint, puffing up even more after it’s applied.

Puffy Paint Snowflake Art

2.) Microwave 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.

DIY Salt Puffy Paint

3.) A Salt Puffy 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.

Foam Paint for Kids Process Art

4.) Foam Paint Process Art

So puffy! So foamy! Foam paint is not cheap, but it is definitely worth the price at least once if it’s in your budget.

Shaving Cream Art - Drawing on the Mirror

5.) Shaving Cream + Paint

What kid doesn’t love shaving cream! You can combine the two for a DIY foam paint experience, either before applying (as with this bathtub paint recipe) or on the art surface as with the shaving cream painting on the mirror pictured above.

Plus, of course, there’s the puffy paint for fabric that we used on our jeans and Keds as teens. Did you know you can use it on other surfaces? Check out these bracelets and headbands made with puffy paint over on Doodlecraft!

How about you? Have you tried puffy paint art with your kids? Which one do you think they would enjoy the most?

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Puffy Paint for Kids - 5 Recipes and Activities


  • Reply
    January 12, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Thank you, it looks very 3D and fun. Like some home-made 3D printer – https://www.avatargeneration.com/2016/09/7-best-kids-3d-printers-for-home/
    – but more DIY and random. I often used coloring books like those – https://colorkid.net/coloring-pages-nature -to keep kids busy and entertained. But they need variety, old toys are often boring to them.
    It could get slightly messy, of course, with all that cream and paint, but we will probably manage.

  • Reply
    Bailey Belmont
    January 13, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Awesome ideas! I don’t have children butI want these puffy paints for myself, thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      January 13, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      You’re so welcome, Bailey! I hope you have fun with them!

  • Reply
    January 26, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    I hadn’t heard of puffy paint before. I will have to give it a go when my wee one gets a little bigger.

  • Reply
    May 3, 2018 at 10:08 am

    I work at a Memory Care facility with people who have dementia and I use your crafting ideas frequently. Thanks!

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