Tin foil painting (1 - 2 year olds)

Keep your kids engaged and focussed for hours!


Home Learning

You will need

  • paint
  • tin foil
  • masking tape
  • paintbrushes

What to do

This activity is a great way to integrate sensory development and intrigue into painting. The crunching sound and slippery, shiny surface of the tinfoil will keep your kids engaged and focussed for hours! To begin, place the tin foil out on the floor (taping down the edges to avoid ripping), or covering a small surface such as a table. Put some paint out and encourage your child to paint the surface using their hands or the paintbrush, hitting and crunching the surface as they go!

Painting on tinfoil

Learning outcomes

Every activity we do at Avendale is purposefully designed with developmentally appropriate learning outcomes in mind. Tin foil painting assists your child’s learning in these areas:

  • Creativity: exploring the marks they make with various colours.
  • Motor skills: controlling the paintbrush and crunching the tinfoil.
  • Sensory Exploration: auditory development.

Key words

While doing this activity with your child you can focus on building specific vocabulary by deliberately using words they may not yet be familiar with. The words you choose to focus on will depend on your child’s current vocabulary. Example words to focus on may be:

  • Shiny
  • Crunchy
  • Slippery

Ask your child:

  • What can you hear?
  • Can you crunch the tin foil?
  • What marks can you make?