Messy Play

Puff Painting

You will need:

  • 1 cup of self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • ​A few drops of food colouring
  • Water
  • Zip lock bags
  • Thick card


Mix together the self-raising flour and salt. Add a few drops of food colouring and add water until mixture is thick and gloomy. make two or three colours.

​Pour mixture into snap lock bags and seal bag. Cut a tiny hole in corner of the bag so mixture can squeeze out.

Squeeze out puff paint onto thick card and draw picture

Put in microwave for 30 - 40 seconds on high. The puff paint should come out dry and puffed.


You will need:

  • 2 cups cornflour
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • A few drops of food colouring
  • A large container


Mix together cornflour, water and food colouring

The mixture should be runny and sticky. Best done outdoors on a sunny day!

Cloud dough

You will need:

  • 8 cups of flour
  • ​1/2 cup of baby oil
  • A large container


Mix together the flour and baby oil using your hands

The mixture should be firm enough to mould shapes or make cloud dough castles using cups and small containers

Mini Volcanoes

You will need:

  • Baking soda
  • White wine vinegar
  • Food colouring
  • 4 plastic cups
  • A eye-dropper
  • ​An oven tray


Pour the white wine vinegar into the four cups (fill up about half way). Add a few drops of food colouring into each cup.

Make some mountains of baking soda on the oven tray.

​Use the eye-dropper to suck up the vinegar and drop onto baking soda.

Watch the mini volcanoes fizz. Continue process until baking soda has disappeared.