Monday, April 9, 2012

Puffy Polar Bear

Puff paint was a popular craft element when I was a kid.  Cool look.  Cool texture.  I was excited to see a recipe for puff paint on several pinterest posts.  So, I did some research of my own, combined a few recipes, and created a Puffy Polar Bear craft for the 5 Year Curriculum's lesson on the book God Gave Us Christmas.

Begin by printing the Polar Bear printable.

Mix:  1/2 cup flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 2 tsp salt, water to make the mixture into a paste.  Place the mixture in a ziptop bag, cutting off the corner to pipe the mixture on the polar bear. 

Once the polar bear is covered, dab the mixture with your finger to make the mixture look like fur.

Place the paper in the microwave for 20-30 seconds at a time until the mixture has risen and is fully baked.

Paint an eye on the polar bear.  Viola!  A furry-looking polar bear!

Further Learning:

  • Use this activity with any of Lisa Tawn Bergren God Gave Us...  books. 

  • Science:  Discuss how the baking powder forms air pockets in the mixture causing it to puff up.
  • Polar Bear Study
  • Letter P - Puff Paint
  • Paint any of the Letter Posters or Number Posters to help the child learn the formation of the letter or number. 
  • Add a little food coloring to the mixture and make a rainbow.
What activities have you done with Puff Paint?

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