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Puff Paint

I'm puffed up with excitement about this scientific art project!

I'm taking a little bit of my knowledge of science, mixing it with Oliver's art and finishing off with Cheffy's cooking-What a combo!


An adult’s help, 1 tablespoon self-raising flour, 1 tablespoon salt, water, food colouring, card stock or thin cardboard and cotton tips.

1. In a small bowl, mix together the flour and salt.

2. Add 1 teaspoon of water at a time to the mix until you have a smooth paste.

3. Add drops of food colouring to create your colour.

4. Repeat steps 1—3 to make some different colours.

5. Use cotton tips to paint your picture.

6. Microwave picture for 30 seconds—it will come out dry and puffy!


Q: What makes the paint puff up?

Self-raising flour contains baking powder; when baking powder is mixed with liquids and exposed to heat it activates and causes the mix to rise.

It is the combination of flour, salt, baking powder and water in this formula that causes the perfect reaction and makes such gorgeously puffy paint!

It's quite often a combination of skills, talents and efforts that make a great team but pride can sometimes make people want to take all the credit for themselves or unwilling to accept other people's contributions. Never let pride get in the way of asking for help or being a part of a team. Being good at something also means having a good attitude and respecting other people. It's not glory that matters, it's getting involved that counts.

'When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble and give more honour to others than to yourselves' Philippians 2:3.

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