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Condensed Milk Puffy Paint

Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

From: I first saw this easy painting activity at ECE Made Easy and kept it in the back of my mind.  When I found myself with half a can of leftover condensed milk, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.


  • Condensed milk
  • 3 or 4 colors of liquid watercolor or food coloring.
  • Small bowls for each color.
  • Paintbrushes for each color.
  • Thick paper or cardstock.
  • Apron or smock for your tot.
  • Sponge or wet rag for clean up.


  • Divide the condensed milk evenly between the small bowls.
  • Add a few drops of liquid watercolor and let your tot stir until the paint is a uniform color.
  • Once all of the colors have been mixed, let your tot paint.

  • When your tot is finished painting, wipe everyone and everything off with the wet rag.
  • Set the pictures aside and let them dry for at least 24 hours.   (If the paint is especially thick, it may take even longer.)

Observations:  This was a very fun (albeit messy) activity.   Sweet Pea had a good time and stayed interested long enough to make a couple of pictures.

We both loved letting the paint dribble off of the brush to create thick shiny drops of paint.

And I was very impressed with  how the paintings maintained a shiny and raised finish even when dry.

These paintings were very similar to the corn syrup ones that we did last spring.  I was surprised that this paint seemed to dry to a less tacky finish, although I did like the transparent look of the corn syrup better.

If you have an extra can of condensed milk, this a is a fun activity and I would recommend it for tots of all ages.

Notes from the Trenches:   Condensed milk is oh, so very sticky.  Your table and tot will need a good cleaning after this.

Don’t shove these paintings into the back of a cabinet and forgot about them!  I have heard warnings that ants are attracted to the finished paintings, so these pictures shouldn’t be considered permanent.

Rating: 4 Stars * (Fun, Easy, Independent, Frugal)

Carnivals:  This post is linked up to It’s Playtime @ Hands On We Grow.

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