This week, our Sick Science! Summer Camp experiment involves a little kitchen science with the science behind self-rising flour. Our activity was a simple one – mix a little self-rising flour, salt, food coloring and water to create a thick, gloppy paint.
Paint it on cardboard and pop it in the microwave for a few seconds. In the heat, the paint will bubble and puff up while it dries. The finished product is a puffy work of art.
But how does it work?
My kids had a lot of fun with this activity. The texture of the paint, the canvas and the technique for creating a work of art was very different than what they are used to. This wasn’t just dipping paint brushes into liquid paint and slapping it around the paper. They had to think about what they were creating. They had to use a lot of paint and plan out where they wanted the picture to become more 3-D than the rest.