Sidewalk Puffy Paint

This sidewalk puffy paint makes for a fun and colorful summer day! My favorite part is that you only need four common household ingredients to make it.

Sidewalk Puffy Paint. A summer art activity for kids!

We love summer because it is a great time to get outside and play or create. The other day we had a blast painting all over the driveway with sidewalk puffy paint! It was also great fine motor practice for both of my kids. They really worked those small hand muscles while squeezing the bottles!

This puffy paint only uses three ingredients and I almost always have them in the house. It is also super easy to whip up. I am so glad, because we plan on doing this again and again this summer!

Supplies Needed:

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  • Flour (1.5 cups)
  • Salt (1.5 cups)
  • Water (1.5 cups)
  • Food coloring
  • Squeeze bottles (affiliate)

My squeeze bottles are 12 oz and were slightly less than half full. You can usually find smaller ones near the icing in the baking aisle of your grocery store.

We also snipped the tips of the squeeze bottles a tiny bit, so that the paint would come out more easily.

Make puffy paint for the sidewalk

1. Mix together the flour, salt and water. Mix until there are no lumps and the ingredients are fully combined.

2. Separate the mixture evenly into 3 bowls. I just eyeballed this, so they weren’t exact.

3. Add the food coloring to each bowl and stir. Repeat until you get your desired color. I used gel food coloring and used about 10-15 drops for each color.

4. Add one color to each squeeze bottle. I used a funnel to make this super easy. If you don’t have one, you could use a measuring cup with spout or something like that.

Painting on the Sidewalk with Puffy Paint

We headed outside with our bottles of puffy paint and the kids got right to work. Evan loved squeezing it in drops all over the driveway. He said they were colorful cheetah spots. So cute!

Painting on the sidewalk with puffy paint!
Painting with puffy paint on the sidewalk!
A fun summer art activity with homemade puffy paint!

Alyssa had to work to squeeze the bottle, but she figured it out and had a blast painting all over the driveway. I even had fun with the paint and drew little doodles all over.

Making doodles with puffy paint!
Colorful art activity with sidewalk puffy paint!

You are probably wondering what clean up was like. It wasn’t bad. Now, I did let some of it sit in the sun because I wanted to see what it was like after it hardened. This was unnecessary. The paint came off with a hose and a hard bristle broom, but it was a bit more work than I want to do for an activity. The paint that was still wet came off very easily with the hose. So my recommendation is to wash this off right after you are done painting instead of leaving it to dry in the sun. There was no staining or anything like that.

It was a really fun way for my kids to get outside and paint on a grand scale. We all enjoyed it and are looking forward to doing it again!

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Sidewalk Puffy Paint. A summer art activity for kids!