Sensory painting (1 - 2 year olds)

Discovering the world through new sensations is part of all early years children's learning journey.


Home Learning

You will need

  • shaving foam
  • a paper
  • a brush

What to do

By painting with shaving foam, the children experiment a new pleasant sensation. They are fascinated by the effect foam can create on paper as well as the sensation of painting with their hands.

You can also cut out two eyes, a mouth, a nose and a hat to create a melting snowman at the end of the experience!

Sensory painting

Sensory painting

Learning outcomes

  • Creativity: Exploring and using media and materials to create the artwork.
  • Fine motor skills: develop the hands’ small muscles by using them to touch, feel and squeeze the foam.
  • Fine motor skills: hold the brush in full hand.

Ask your child

  • What happens when you dip your brush in the foam?
  • How do you feel when you touch the foam?
  • Do you prefer to paint with your hands?