A simple heart puffy paint tutorial for Valentine’s Day for you and your children this Valentine’s Day…
Who doesn’t love a good craft idea for children? Our oldest son is thriving with his Occupational Therapy appointments! Before starting Occupational Therapy, he would be squeamish touching sticky surfaces.
His therapist has him dig in moon sand to find hidden little toys using his hands and not a shovel. He recently did a Halloween Puffy Paint craft at the office using his hands.
I was honestly astonished.
He still has his moments with wet and sticky surfaces, but he has come a long, long way. I’m so thankful I listened to my mom’s gut and sought out answers. Since these sensory crafts are fun and helpful, I wanted to start incorporating them into our lives.
What You’ll Need for Valentines Heart Puffy Paint Tutorial
- Shaving cream
- White glue
- Mixing bowl
- Food coloring
- Small Bowls
- Roll White Paper (so you won’t make a big mess)
TIP – You can get the shaving cream, white glue, and condiment bottle for under $10! I went today and grabbed 3 cans of shaving cream, 4 white glue, and 1 thing of condiment bottles… for guess what? $8.53!
I used a mixing bowl that we don’t usually use for cooking, but the puffy paint washes off very easily!
Now the Fun Part, Making Puffy Paint!
Step 01 // Combine the Glue and Shaving Cream to Make Puffy Paint
I combined the glue and shaving cream in the large mixing bowl. I tried two different recipes, and I honestly liked this one better because it is more ‘fluffier.’
- In a bowl, mix equal measures of shaving cream and school glue.
- Add five drops of food coloring or paint to each paint mix.
- Mix and enjoy painting!
Step 02 // Separate into Smaller Bowls
Now separate the mixture into separate bowls so you can have multiple colors of puffy paint. I chose pinks because we are celebrating Valentine’s Day.
Step 03 // Add Food Coloring
I used 3 drops of red for the light pink color, and for the darker pink, I used 6 – 7 drops of red. You can also play around with blue and red to make a pretty purple! Who says Valentine’s Day is only red and pink?
Before digging into the fun puffy paint, I recommend using that large sheet of white paper to cover your tabletop. You can draw a bunch of hearts for your toddler to paint on.
Step 04 // Have Fun and Get Dirty with Puffy Paint!
Our little guy wasn’t having the puffy paint. It’s one of the things his Occupational Therapist is working on with him. JJ, however, dug his hands in the bowls and started to paint the hearts.
I’m honestly proud of how easy this is coming for him. He was having a rough time with sticky and wet textures. However, with the help of his Occupational Therapist, he is overcoming it!
What are your favorite sensory crafts? Favorite sensory bins?
Save this Heart Puffy Paint Tutorial for Valentine’s Day!
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