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How to Do Foam Painting for Kids

by Rachel Withers
June 5, 2024
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Foam painting is fun and irresistibly fluffy! Try these easy ideas for fun sensory play setups that kids will love.

Updated April 2024

My kids LOVE foam painting. It’s fun, it’s fluffy and they like to paint their toys, cars, bodies and anything else in reach.

It’s easy to cleanup, I promise!

This is one of those art activities that we save for warmer weather. Then the mess is less stressful, and the kids can have all the fun they want. And cleanup is easy. Keep everything contained on a tray or hose the kids down with water afterwards.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, back to how much my kids love this art and play activity.

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Foam Painting for Kids

We use our foam paint for sensory play mostly. I set out some animals, dinosaurs, or transportation vehicles and let my kids paint. (This usually leads to painting their whole bodies so I keep them minimally dressed for this project.)

To include the kids on the cleanup, I like to set out a tub of soapy water and extend the play. With sponges, they get to work with giving their toys a bath.

(If you’re looking to try foam paint on paper, see this post. You can use the same supplies with a totally different art experience!)

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How to Make Foam Paint


I make foam paint with just two ingredients––shaving foam and liquid watercolors.

Mix together and whip to combine. Be sure there is no remaining unmixed paint (which can seriously stain clothing).

If you are looking for a ready-made paint, you might try this foam paint. It acts very similar to shaving foam, but smells like paint.

Time needed: 5 minutes


  1. Gather materials

    If mixing up your own foam paint, then gather a tray, shaving foam, liquid watercolors and something to stir with.

  2. Add shaving cream to paint container

    Mix in a squirt of liquid watercolors and whisk the foam until incorporated completely.

  3. Continue with more colors

    If you’d like multiple colors, then repeat step 2 into a new container. We love using a chip and dip container for all of the different colors.

    colored foam paint for kids

  4. Set out materials

    Gather a bin or prepare a painting surface for your child. I like to set out a bin with toys, then add paint brushes and the foam paint.

    toys and foam paint

We guarantee your kids will love painting and playing with foam paint!

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