Sidewalk Puffy Paint

We loved making our own sidewalk puffy paint! The possibilities on this is only limited by your empty squeeze bottles and food dye.


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Dish Soap (We used Dawn)

Food Coloring (We used Neon)

Measuring Cup (We used a big one, 4 cups so that it could double as our bowl. If you don’t have a large one you will also need a mixing bowl)

Measuring Scoop 1 Cup

Measuring Spoon 1 Tablespoon


Empty Squeeze Bottle(s) (We used an empty Ketchup bottle and Barbecue Sauce container)

Optional: Spoon to Mix (We just used our measuring spoon), Rubber Baking Spatula to scrap your mixture into the funnel.


**Update: wash off your play area after using your puffy paint, it is very hard to wash off after it dries on**

**Update 2: the paint does wash up after several rains**

  1. Measure out 1 cup of water (if you don’t have a large one as described in the material you will need to pour yours into a bowl). Add one cup of flour to the water.Sidewalk Puffy Paint (6)
  2. Measure 1 Tablespoon of dish soap and add to the mixture.Sidewalk Puffy Paint (12)
  3. Add 3 drops of your desired food coloring. (Careful it will stain your fingers) Mix well. If the mixture is very thick you may need to add a tiny bit more water, if it is super runny add a little more flour. The texture should be like pancake mix.Sidewalk Puffy Paint (18)
  4. Note: depending on the type of plastic container you use you may have to temporarily remove the plastic covering, replace once you finish adding your mixture to the bottle. Slowly pour your mixture into the bottle using your funnel.Sidewalk Puffy Paint (24)
  5. Go outside and create some fun art with your new sidewalk puffy paint. Wash with hose when done, it is difficult to wash away once set.Sidewalk Puffy Paint (38)

Talking Points

In our investigation we mixed several ingredients together to make a new substance. This is an example of a Chemical Change. A Chemical Change is a change that occurs when different materials are combined to create a new substance. In a chemical change you can not separate the ingredients back into the original form.

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