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3-Ingredient Puffy Paint

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I love simple activities for my kids. For one, anything that they can help prep and that doesn’t take a lot of time makes me happy. Secondly, simple activities, such as this 3-ingredient puffy paint, fascinate my kids. Setting something like this up takes mere minutes and it has them engrossed for a long time. Recently, my daughter started full-day kindergarten. Most afternoons, my son spends asking if it’s time to pick her up yet. As a result, I have been trying to set up fun activities for us to enjoy to pass the time. On Friday, we made this 3-ingredient puffy paint and filmed it. It has been a huge success on facebook! And so, I decided to share it here so it’s easy to access for anyone interested. The video takes about one minute to watch. Or, you can simply scroll down to read the instructions!


3-Ingredient Puffy Paint Tutorial

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3-ingredient puffy paint is so easy to set-up and so much fun for young kids! Kids activities, play-based learning, DIY paint, Early childhood education, easy DIY

What you need

  • Shaving cream (the milder the scent, the more pleasant it is for you)
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Food colouring
  • Muffin tin or multiple containers to separate the paint
  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon and toothpicks for mixing
  • Paper
  • Paint brushes


What to do

In a large bowl, combine about 50% shaving cream and 50% glue. Mix well. Divide the mixture into equal parts and add as many combinations of colours as you would like. Use toothpicks to mix. Paint and have fun!


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