I’ve been pinning loads of posts on Microwave Puffy Paint for a while now. However, I’ve been putting off doing this activity with Crystabel mainly because I do not look forward to the mess involved. But now that she is able to do her activities without turning the house upside down, I finally pulled out all the materials needed for this and got up to some Q-tip painting fun with her today.

I love how the bright colours and 3D effect of the paint makes it so beautiful! But since this was our first time doing this, I decided to just let her splatter blobs of paint on the paper to explore.

She enjoyed this a lot and was pretty excited about seeing the colours puffed up. The paint was really easy to put together and you only need 3 ingredients which can be easily found in your kitchen 🙂

Here’s how to prepare the paint:

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For this you will need:

1 tablespoon self-raising flour

1 tablespoon salt

Food-grade colouring of your choice

2 tablespoons water

Plastic cups



  1. Scoop self-raising flour and salt into the plastic cups.
  2. Mix in some water (I used 2 tablespoons as my base, and added on from there until I get the desired yogurt consistency)
  3. Add some food-grade colouring and mix well.
  4. Let your kiddos have fun with the paint, and once done microwave on high for 30 seconds.

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It’s raining dots!


  • You can get your kids to paint on regular drawing paper or paper plates – just make sure that the material used can be microwaved safely.
  • Instead of plastic cups, you might want to pour the paint into squeeze bottles. It’ll be easier for kids to squeeze and design, but more clean-up required later on.
  • This activity is suitable for kids 3 and above, as I feel that’s when they truly enjoy painting by themselves with minimal help.
  • Do remember to line the table with rough paper/old newspaper 🙂


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Feeling pretty pleased with her work