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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Puffy Paint Shamrock

This was one of those inspiration moments when I was sure this would be the cutest thing ever...it was going to be hand-print shamrocks, but as anyone with a 2-3 year old knows, plans change!

In the spirit of St Patrick's Day, we made puffy paint shamrocks.
To make puffy paint, use equals amounts of flour, salt, and water. I used about 1/2 cup of each. Mix and add food coloring.K was so excited about painting with his hands that he splooshed them in the paint and splattered it all over our first piece of paper. With a lot of guidance, a lot of patience, and C having a melt down half way through, we placed his hands in the shape of shamrock leaves, and added a stem on the bottom.
I actually think it turned out cute, even if it looks nothing like his hand prints. If anyone tries this, maybe with normal paint and gets the effect I was hoping for (two overlapping hand prints per leaf) please share so I can see my vision in real life!
Do try the puffy paint. The salt gives it a fun texture and when it dries, it stays somewhat puffy/textured, plus it's totally edible (yechhhh!).

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