3d final

These works of art are also a 3D sensory treat! Let your children paint and create, then microwave their pictures and hang them up! Find the puffy paint recipe and instructions below.


  • a few drops of food coloring or liquid watercolors
  • 4 Tbsp self-rising flour
  • 4 Tbsp salt
  • water
  • a paintbrush (or clear condiment bottles for squeezing paint)
  • glass or cardboard


  1. 3d 1Make the microwavable puffy paint by mixing the flour, food coloring and salt. Add water to make a smooth paste.

  2. Pour the paint into the clear bottles and squeeze it onto the glass or cardboard in whatever design you wish. You can also use a paintbrush, but the more paint, the better.
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  4. Microwave the painting. If you painted on cardboard, only microwave for 20-30 seconds. If you used glass, microwave for 1:30-2:00 minutes.


My children loved running their fingers over the finished paintings, so remember it's about the process and not the final product. It actually gave the paintings a great texture.

Play at Home Mom, LLC consists of a trio of moms who have a strong belief in play-based learning. We believe that children are capable learners, that children learn through play, and that child-led play has the most meaning. We see play as a perfect opportunity to connect with our children and strengthen the parent/child relationship.

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