Yesterday I posted about our Fluffy playdough invention and mentioned that it led to another activity later that same day. Well, this is it: Fluffy painting. I couldn’t bare to simply sweep the dry playdough and throw it away, and we already have lots of different varieties of similar materials, so I thought we would continue to experiment.
I asked the preschooler to choose a paint colour and we tipped some into a pot with some of the dry playdough. I also added some PVA glue and stirred until it had a very thick consistency. You can experiment with this. I wanted it to be gloopy and thick but not too thick so it wouldn’t drip from a paintbrush.
We had great fun! We:
- talked about what the Fluffy paint looked like. The preschooler observed it was slimy and like the Gloop we made last week.
- used a paintbrush to drip some paint onto black paper, talking about how slowly it dripped from the brush. The preschooler said it was funny and different to normal paint.
- use the paintbrush to splodge the paint directly onto the paper. We discovered that when we did this, the brush stuck to the paper and we needed to use our hands to lift it free. This was when the preschooler found his fingers getting messy… and he laughed! Instead of asking to wash his hands, which he would normally, he got stuck in and dipped his fingers right into the paint to investigate!
Once we had made a few ‘drippy and splodgy creations’ I decided to try something else new, that I was sure I’d seen somewhere on Pinterest…
I popped each painting separately onto a plate and into the microwave for 30 seconds. They came out dry! And so we had created Fluffy painting, similar to Puffy painting (which I think uses flour?). The preschooler loved the fact his painting could be hung straight away. We used the rest of the paint to cover some kitchen roll tubes that we plan to use next week.
This was a great little activity and a super way to use up left over messy play materials. Not only that, but the preschooler really enjoyed making his paint and exploring the textures so it’s one that we will definitely do again.