Fun with puffy paint and cupcakes in preschool

For this fun activity, the children started off by mixing up their own cupcake puffy paint icing…

To make their own puffy paint icing, the children mixed together shave cream and glue. I would say to make our puffy paint icing, we added 1 part glue to  4 parts shave cream but honestly – we just threw in shave cream and added glue straight from the bottle. Then we added some food color and mixed it all together…

It really did look like icing so I reminded the children that we can’t eat it! I had them smell it and the children didn’t even try to eat it but just in case, I threw out the extra reminders. Once the children mixed up their puffy paint icing they put their bowls in the center of the table so we could share all the colors…

Next the children fan-folded their paper cupcake holders so they would have lines like real cup cake holders. Then they glued their cupcakes toppers and folded cupcake holders on a large sheet of paper…

Now it was time to add our puffy paint icing. I showed the children how to drop the icing on the cupcakes so it would set up a bit and dry puffy.

some of the children preferred to mix the colors and smear the icing on – either way, it still has a puffy feel when it is all done. And some of the children didn’t quite get the idea that the icing should go on the cupcake, not the holder 🙂

For snack, we got to ice real cupcakes too! And this icing we could eat!

Links to Grow On…

Check out the puffy paint ice cream too!

Cupcake Ice Cream Cone from Dukes and Duchesses

Delicious Plaster of Paris cupcakes from Casa Maria’s Creative Learning Zone

Felt Play Food Cupcakes from GummyLump

Threading Cupcake Holders from House of Baby Piranha

Framed Cupcake Felt Board from Miranda Made

By |2011-09-19T14:00:27+00:00September 19th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Vanessa @Pre-K Pages September 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    I love puffy paint, it’s like science and art all rolled into one- what could be better than that? There are so many great was to use puffy paint, I think we should start a puffy paint linky 😉 The messier the better, what fun!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm - Reply

      Great idea – I’m up for a puffy paint linky!!

  2. Amber September 20, 2011 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Fun! We did this with icecream cones…the kids really enjoyed it and the neat thing is that it stays puffy for quite a long time! I pulled out a shamrock we did years ago with shavingcream/glue paint and let them feel it…pretty cool!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      I put all our cupcakes on the wall and when the children came to school today – they each stopped to feel their icing. They loved the rubbery texture!

  3. andiejaye September 21, 2011 at 12:33 am - Reply

    this would be so fun for us! one of our fave books is “if you give a cat a cupcake”! what a great way to tie this in!! thanks so much!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      I looked EVERYWHERE for my copy of that book and couldn’t find it. I was SO bummed!!

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