I find it makes a huge difference with Ella’s day to start off with a hands-on creative outlet. Practical life activities also work — like having her help make breakfast. My biggest thing with the crafts is they have to be simple, quick to prepare, and not need a lot of adult assistance, as I’m often busy getting breakfast ready and greeting children in the morning.
This Easter Egg craft made with homemade puffy paints was perfect!
It is so simple to make homemade puffy paints – the finished product needs to be handled with care or it can smoosh or flake, but we haven’t had issues with gentle handing.
How to Make Homemade Puffy Paint
You can really play around with this recipe — adding more shaving cream if you want a puffy (more delicate) result, or more glue if you want a firmer, less puffy result. Just be careful not to overmix, as that deflates the paint. It keeps well for a couple of days if covered, but is best used right away.
Meanwhile, I had set out the oval metal inset from our Montessori language materials, however any oval shape for the kids to trace (or oval cut-out from a piece of cardboard) would work for this activity.
(We now have real metal insets, but we started on this affordable plastic set and it was great.)
The kids traced out their “eggs” and warmed up their fine motor skills for the day. We used some scrap paper since we knew that we were going to paint over it anyways.
And, then we painted! I try to encourage the kids to dabble it on or paint “lightly” to keep that wonderful, puffy texture.
Homemade puffy paint has a fun, squishy and sticky texture, so I don’t worry about it if the kids want to explore and I keep wet clothes or baby wipes on hand to prevent sticky homemade puffy paint from getting everywhere.
Once dry, I took this craft a step further and used a regular hole punch to place 1/2″ holes near the top of the Easter egg crafts, and then strung them all on a Spring-coloured ribbon to make a Easter Egg Banner.
The kids loved making their Easter Egg craft with homemade puffy paint, and the Easter Egg Banner is now decorating our living room for Spring!