Activity #1: Puffy Paint
Here is an interesting finger painting activity that everyone can try at home. Puffy paint is a must try for any baby or toddler – after your child has finished painting, just stick it in the microwave and wait for the magic to happen! 1 tbsp self-raising flour1 tbsp salt3 tsp waterFood colouring BrushTrayMeasuring spoonsWater Pieces of cardboard 1. Mix the flour, salt, water and food colouring with a brush until all ingredients have combined well into a paste. Adjust the amount of water as you see fit — the thicker the paint, the puffier the outcome.
2. Cut thick cardboard into small pieces that fit into the microwave oven.
3. Let your tot finger-paint one picture after another, until the paint and cardboard pieces are used up.
4. Microwave one painted piece at a time, so you can see each painting turn puffy. Different microwaves have different power levels, so you’ll have to work out view trial and error how long you need to microwave the painting for.
5. Check often to ensure that the paint is not overdone. The puffy paintings should come out warm not hot, so keep an eye on the time to avoid over cooking.
Activity #2: Edible Finger Paint Recipe
Non-toxic and edible, this is a safe paint for very little ones. It is also easy to make and offers extremely satisfying results in terms of texture and consistency.