Grade level: Kindergarten to 3rd; Type: general science
In this project children practice the scientific method by making and experimenting with different kinds of puffy paint* and recording the results.
*Puffy paint is a colored, whipped cream-textured substance that can be applied like paint and that when dry maintains its 3-dimensinality or puffiness.
- What can you mix to make puffy paint?
- Does puffy paint stick to any surface?
- What happens to puffy paint over time?
- How long does puffy paint take to dry?
- Does the texture change and does it hold its puffy consistency?
- Shaving fream
- Food coloring
- Dish liquid
- Foil (1 piece dull side up – 1 piece shiny side up)
- Plastic container (for mixing the glue and shaving cream)
- Six paper plates (for mixing different ingredients into puffy paint)
- Six plastic spoons
- Newspaper or art cloth (to cover the table)
- Paintbrushes or squeeze bottles (label the bottles)
- Mix equal amounts of glue and shaving cream.
- Divide the mixture evenly onto the six paper plates.
- Mix in one ingredient per plate (flour, food coloring (2 colors), glitter, sugar and dish liquid). Be sure to use a different spoon for each mixture.
- Use paintbrushes or fill the squeeze bottles and create pictures.
- Try the paints on different surfaces.
- Answer the research questions and record your observations.
Terms/Concepts: scientific method, materials, procedure, observation, record