Ice Cream Craft for Kids With Puffy Paint

Ice Cream Craft for Kids

Hello! Let’s learn how to make this Ice Cream Craft for Kids today! I have a super easy puffy paint recipe for you, and it’s perfect for fun paint projects like this one. Here’s what you’ll need.

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Ice Cream Craft for Kids Supplies:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water (maybe a little more or less)
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Food coloring
  • Black construction paper
  • Brown construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Roller adhesive or glue stick
  • Brown marker
  • Paintbrush
  • Microwave

Grab a medium sized bowl and put in your flour, baking soda, and salt.

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Slowly add in your cup of water, stirring as you go, until the mixture is about the consistency of pancake batter. You might need more or less than one cup, and don’t worry if your mixture has little lumps in it. If the lumps bother you, you can always use a whisk to work them out.

Now take your mixture and divide it into three (or more!) small bowls. Then add 1-2 drops of food coloring to each bowl, and stir throughly to create your paint! Making puffy paint is super easy and I love any project that can be made from basic pantry staples.

Now let’s work on making our ice cream painting! Take your piece of black construction paper and set it vertically. Ice cream cones can get pretty tall! Next you’re going to cut a triangle out of your brown construction paper to make your ice cream cone. I took a brown marker and drew crisscrossing lines on it to make it look like a classic waffle cone!

Use your adhesive or glue stick to attach your cone to the bottom of your paper. Now get your paints and your brush all set up. I recommend doing this near a sink so you can rinse your brush in between colors, or use a different brush for each paint color. Dip your brush into your first paint color.

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And start painting your first scoop of ice cream! I recommend using a dabbing motion rather than a standard swiping paint motion. You want the paint to go on nice and thick. This project works best if you dry the paint in between each layer, so I’m going to show to how to speed dry puffy paint. Place your paper on a paper towel and set it in the microwave. Microwave it for 10-15 seconds, or until the paint begins to lighten and puff up. This is just enough to set the paint so we can add the next layer. When you’r all done with the painting, you’ll want to let it dry overnight to fully cure.

Now you’re going to add your next scoop of ice cream on top, and then set it in the microwave again.

Add one more layer, or as many as you have room for, and set that layer in the microwave too. When you’re happy with how your ice cream cone looks, set in in a warm place to dry overnight.

You’re all done! This Ice Cream Craft for Kids is such a fun introduction for kids to working with puffy paint, and I hope your kids enjoy it as much as mine do!

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