Sanity Savers: Puff Paint

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Written by Amelia Schrader
Senior Manager of Learning and Education  


Shaving cream
Food coloring (or paint)
Liquid glue  

Sanity Savers:  Puff Paint


Prep Time: 5 minutes
Play Time: Unlimited!  

Academic Subject(s):

Fine motor skills, science  

Using the same craft supplies over and over can get boring pretty quickly! Here is a simple recipe for making your own puff paint at home – using things you already have around the house! This recipe can be used to make every color of the rainbow and will add a three dimensional element to any painting project!  


 Step 1: The ratio of shaving cream to liquid glue is 1:1 so use however much you want to make your puff paint! I usually do ¼ cup of each. Mix this ration together. You can use a spoon or the paint brush you will use for your art project.  
Step 2: Add in a few drops of food coloring or paint. The amount of color you add will depend on how vibrant you want your final color. I recommend adding only a few at first then slowly adding more until you get your desired color. Mix carefully until fully incorporated.   

Step 3: Now it is time to paint! You can use paint brushes like I am or you can transfer your puff paint into squeeze bottles or piping bags (plastic bags with the tip cut work great here!).  The sky is the limit when your imagination comes to play! You can use this paint to make a rainbow, a fluffy ice cream cone, a cuddly sheep the possibilities are endless!
As you can see, this can even be a great sensory activity for your little sensory seekers! Post a picture of your puff paint creation on the Explore & More Facebook page. 

Vocabulary Words

·        Ratio – a relationship between two amounts. In this case the amount of glue to the amount of shaving cream.   

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