Today we did a fabulous art project at Crafternoon — Microwave Puffy Paint! We were inspired by this post at Tinkerlab.
First we mixed up the paint: one cup of all-purpose flour, 3 teaspoons of baking powder, a teaspoon or so of salt, and water (about one cup of water for each cup of flour). We divided up the batter and stirred in color — some tubs got food coloring, some got Kool-Aid, and some got a mixture of both.
We poured the paint into squeezy bottles and squeeeeezed it out onto heavy-duty paper plates. When our designs were finished, we popped them into the microwave for 30-60 seconds, depending on the amount of paint on the plate. They puffed up beautifully and got a great texture. The ones with Kool-Aid sort of smelled like Pop Tarts! The ones with food coloring smelled sort of like pancakes (even better).
Here are some pictures.