Puffy Paint Numbers

At the start of the school year, my classroom was a blank slate waiting for the children to arrive. The only items I had up were for classroom organisation and behaviour. You can see my classroom at the beginning of the year here. Gradually as the school year has gone on, my students have added their own work to our classroom walls. We made our own alphabet wall charts as we learnt about each letter sound and we also made our own number line using home made puffy paint. It's a wonderfully sensory-rich way to teach children numerals from 0-10 in their early years at school.


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Making our puffy paint numbers was easy. You will need:

- sturdy card to paint
- cotton buds (q-tips) to paint with
- small bowls for mixing up your paint
- access to a microwave (we have one in our classroom so how could I resist making puffy paint!)

Some students attempted writing their own numbers with pencil first but, for others, I wrote the number for them to trace. They then painted over their number with the puffy paint mix. We then cook their number to harden the paint in our microwave for a short time while keeping an eye on it. The children loved watching their number puff up and grow. They thought it was amazing! 

Warning - children are often tempted to touch their number when it first comes out of the microwave but they must be placed somewhere safe until they cool down as the paint can be quite hot at first. Adult supervision is necessary for this activity.

Make your own puffy paint numbers to help teach children the numerals 0-10 in their early years | you clever monkey

Once cool, children can't resist running their fingers over the numbers tracing them and the raised texture provides them with wonderful feedback. We've had them up at their height in our classroom in a number line since the start of the year.

Make your own puffy paint numbers to help teach children the numerals 0-10 in their early years | you clever monkey
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It's a fun material for free painting too - perfect for mixed ages. We've used this simple recipe from Happy Hooligans many times now and it really is foolproof. It is one that requires cooking for 10-20 seconds in a microwave though which must be monitored by an adult. For no-cook puffy paint, you can follow our instructions here.



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I modified the same recipe last Christmas to make some puffy paint gingerbread people at preschool which smelt amazing!



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4 comments

  1. This is soooooo cool. I really want to try it.

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    1. It's always lots of fun Kate and it doesn't need to be as set as a painting numbers. Your kids will love it :)

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  2. Such a fun way to work with letters - the colours are really nice too :-)

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    1. Thanks Happy Whimsical Hearts! I haven't met too many children who don't like working with puffy paint :)

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