How to Make a DIY Puffy Paint Traffic Light

diy puffy paint traffic light craft for kids, Black History Month craft for kids

Celebrate Black History Month by making this DIY puffy paint traffic light craft. It was inspired by African American inventor, businessman and community leader, Garrett Morgan. He invented a three-position traffic signal in 1923. This is a fun art project for kids, teens and adults. Scroll down to get all the details!

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Supplies for Puffy Paint Traffic Light


  1. First, fold your black cardstock in half the long way. Open it back up and use scissors to cut along the line. You can also use a paper trimmer to cut the paper in half.
  2. Next, draw three circles on the paper. I traced around a small cup to make the circles. But of course, your child can draw their own circles.
  3. Now it’s time to make your DIY puffy paint. Mix equal parts of liquid white glue and foam shaving cream together in three different cups or small bowls. Then add green, red and yellow food coloring in each container. Make sure you do not over mix the ingredients.
  4. Dip your paintbrush in the red puffy paint then paint the top circle of your traffic light. Next paint the next circle yellow then green. Set aside to dry.
  5. Finally, glue a jumbo craft stick behind the paint to complete your puffy paint traffic light craft.

Watch the video below to see how to make this puffy paint traffic light for Black History Month. Make sure to follow me on YouTube for more fun content!

Learn about Black History Month with these awesome books for kids and teens. You can find these books on Amazon (As an Amazon Associate, I’ll earn a commission, at no additional cost to you. This only applies if you click through and make a purchase. Thank you for your support!), your local library or visit your local book shop. If you’re looking for a Black-owned business in Tampa Bay to support, check out Cultured Books or Black English Bookstore. You can also order from them online.

Watch the video below to learn about Tampa’s Black History. Make sure to follow me on YouTube for more amazing content!

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