This morning we created some Valentine’s Day Puffy Paint Hearts and used them for keepsakes to give to parents. We used a really simple puffy paint recipe that the Little Tots helped to make and the results were really effective.  As well as a great sensory experience puffy paint is also great for a simple science lesson and the Little Tots loved watching it go in the microwave, counting down with the timer and touching the raised hardened paint when it came out.

Puffy paint hearts

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup of self raising flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • food colouring (me made pale pink, blue and yellow)
  • water
  • paintbrushes
  • heart shapes cut out of card or cardboard

How to make puffy paint hearts:

1. Mix together the flour and the salt

2. Add water and food colouring until you get a yogurt like consistency

3. Paint your hearts

4. Microwave for 15 – 20 seconds

and thats it! I had planned to add glitter as well but we used it all up in our Valentine’s Day play dough.

Puffy paint hearts

The colours were lovely and it created a really nice marble effect which disappeared a bit when the Little Tots kept adding more and more paint. The salt also makes this really gritty so a great sensory experience as of course little hands always end up in the paint in the end.

Puffy paint hearts

Once all the hearts were decorated they carried on painting on bits of paper until every last drop of paint had gone. We then carefully carried our creations over the microwave and placed them in one at a time. This is step they were completely fascinated by.

Puffy paint hearts

Once dry I made a hole in the top of some of the hearts so we could hang up in the playroom with some string and the rest are being sent home to parents.

Puffy paint hearts

More Valentine’s Day ideas:

Ways to further expand this activity could include:

puffy paint hearts

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