Kids Activity: DIY Puff Paint (Using Items From Your Pantry)

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Sprouts Farmers Market and may contain affiliate links. All photos and opinions are my own.

Raise your hand if you’re cooped up at home with your kids? 🙋🏼‍♀️ Raise your hand if you’re trying to play mom, teacher, dance instructor, chef, housekeeper and wife all while trying to work a full-time job? 🙋🏼‍♀️ I feel ya, Mama! It’s certainly not easy, often stressful and it’s not always fun (let’s be honest), but it’s important we make the best out of the situation and remember that we are all in it together. And trust me, it’s A LOT easier to get through the day if you have something fun and different to keep your kids occupied. Before you know it the frustration is gone and you’re feeling like a kid, too.

I quickly whipped up some homemade puff paint using ingredients from my own pantry, and wanted to share with you here in case you’re looking for a new form of creative entertainment as well! I am, now more than ever, thankful that I stock up on pantry essentials like flour and salt (which are both needed for this recipe) when Sprouts has them on sale. You can do more than cook with them, so it’s always a good idea to have extra on hand, especially if you have kiddos!

To make this, you’ll just mix equal parts flour, salt and water, then add a few drops of food coloring until it reaches your desired color. I used the ratio below for each color.


  • 1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup room temperature water
  • Food coloring (in your choice of colors)

In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, salt and water until fully combined. Mix in food coloring. Transfer to squeeze bottle with lid and store at room temperature.

*If you don’t have plastic squeeze bottles, you can use empty glue bottles, zip-lock bags with a small piece of the bottom corner cut off, empty salad dressing bottles, or any empty squeeze bottles you have around the house. You can also transfer it to plastic cups and use a paintbrush for a more traditional painting style.
*If mixture is too thin or too thick, add water or flour 1T. at a time to make the glue thicker or thinner if desired.

So easy! Daisy loved mixing it in the bowl, and thought it was so cool when we added the food coloring to make all of her favorite colors. One of the best parts is that it’s made with all edible ingredients, so if the kids stick their little fingers in the mouth with paint on it or try to eat it from the bottle, it’s perfectly safe (just may not taste delicious). Unless you decide to add glitter … which Daisy insisted on, naturally. Note: Be sure to lay the finished project flat to try overnight. It will run of tilted on its side until it is fully dry.

Super quick, super easy and super fun! My three-year-old had such a great time with this project from start to finish, and has asked to use the puff paint every day since. Let me know if you decide to give this a shot, and what your kids think!

You can find more fun recipe and craft ideas from Sprouts HERE.



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