Looking for something to entertain the kids this lockdown? These paints are super-easy to make and use only a few standard pantry items.

Encourage your children to get creative with this recipe which makes a fun piece of art that ‘puffs up’ when cooked in the microwave.


1 Tbsp self-raising flour

1 Tbsp salt

A few drops of food colouring

Mix the ingredients together using enough water to make a smooth paste. Make 3 to 4 different colours (empty yoghurt pottles are handy containers).

Paint on to thick paper or cardboard, then microwave on high for about 10 seconds or until the paint is dry.