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In our house, superhero movies are kind of a big deal. And superhero movies that feature several of our favorite heroes joining forces? Well, that’s a SUPER big deal, so I have a few people in my house that are counting down the days until MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives in theaters.
This guy and his Daddy have been brushing up on all things Avengers by watching the first movie and busting out some of the coolest MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron toys.
But he’s not the only one! My little girl is right there with them, Hulking out and holding her own!
That’s right. My little princess, my delicate flower, my precious little girl who loves baby dolls and glitter and rainbows…loves superheroes too. And while you might assume she would gravitate toward Black Widow or another female hero, nope. Quite to the contrary, she is a HUGE HULK FAN. In fact, this is her Hulk costume, not her brother’s.
I can’t help but beam with pride. After all, I’m a comic book lover from way back, and don’t give me any of those skimpy-costumed sidekicks. (I’ll take Iron Man any day!)
I love watching my kids bond of their mutual love of strong superheroes, so I decided that our craft time this past Friday would be inspired by the upcoming movie.
Might as well use what they’re into right now, right?
Another thing that isn’t just for boys? STEM, or the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math. It’s never too early to start learning at home, so this week’s “art” craft was actually a science experiment (much like so many superheroes themselves, right?) We outlined our Hulk mask with homemade puffy paint that actually grows when you “anger” it in the microwave!
Homemade Puffy Paint Hulk Mask
1. I started by printing out a few Hulk mask coloring pages that I found here. We used card stock since we were planning to paint them, and regular printer paper would be too thin to hold up.
2. We then created our homemade puffy paint based on a recipe I found here at simplefunforkids.com. I tweaked it a little, and the final mixture that worked for us consisted of these ingredients, mixed until smooth:
- 1 cup self-rising flour
- 1 heaping tablespoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons table salt
- green food coloring (to achieve a light to medium green. Dark green turned black when we microwaved it.)
- water (enough to form an icing-like consistency.)
3. I let the kids color their masks with regular crayons (this one is my son’s.) Then, I used a piping bag to trace the outline of the mask with puffy paint. You can also snip the corner off the plastic baggie, or simply let the kids finger paint.
(We didn’t cut the eyes out first, but you probably should. They were hard to cut after painting.)
4. Once the paint was applied, we put the entire sheet in the microwave and heated on med-high for 20 seconds, then continued to heat in 10 second intervals until all paint was puffed up and dry. Overall, we microwaved for about 50 seconds. (For the sake of safety, please watch paper carefully in the microwave and do not leave unattended.)
See how cool the puffed up part looks? The kids thought it was awesome to watch their paint puff and grow, and they learned a little bit about how different ingredients react in the process. (There’s no end to the fun you can have with an .89 box of baking soda!)
And if you just can’t wait to see Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron, here’s a sneak peek at MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron