Following on from Bonfire Night last week the Little Tots have started to show an interest in rockets and space so today we made these puffy paint moon and stars. We had so much fun making puffy paint back in February for our Valentines Day Hearts that I can’t believe we’ve not tried it again until now.


I’ve tried a few different methods including ones using PVA glue, shaving cream and non microwavable ones but I like the method below best as its cheap and has a fun science element to it as well.

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup of self raising flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • Silver glitter (optional)
  • Water (about 3/4  – 1 cup)
  • Thick card (we used an old cardboard box)



How to make puffy paint:

1. Mix together all the dry ingredients in a bowl

2. Add the water slowly and combine well until the mixture is a yoghurt like consistency.


3. Paint onto the pre-cut shapes of card


4. Place in the microwave for 30 seconds (timings may vary depending on the power of you microwave so you may need to play about with timings).


The Little Tots loved the feel of this paint and enjoyed using their hands as much as the paint brushes. One described it as feeling “tickly”. They were very excited to see what would happen when it came out of the microwave and counted down until it was ready to come out….of course they couldn’t resist poking holes in all the bits that had risen up though.


These took a few hours to dry as they put a lot of paint on them but they also used the left over paint to make some more pictures and these were completely dry when when came out of the microwave as they didn’t use as much.


Once completely dry the uneven surface looked like the surface of the moon, complete with a few craters (or holes where little fingers poked the dried paint!). We then hung them from the ceiling and made a few more to make our starry sky.

Areas of Learning:

  • Communication & Language –  Following instructions, learning new words.
  • Physical Development – Enjoying sensory experiences.
  • Expressive arts and design – Sensory exploration, noticing effects of make making, describing textures.
  • Maths – recognising shapes, using the language of size, noticing patterns.
  • Understand the World – noticing detailed features of the environment, talking about change (night time moon and stars).

More Space themed fun:

  • Try different colours of puffy paint to make some planets using paper plates
  • Use the same puffy paint to make some snow or snowman pictures.
  • Explore a space themed sensory bin.
  • Have fun making these aliens.
  • Discover this Moon Sand sensory play from Little Bins for Little Hands.


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