Arts & Crafts

Homemade 3 Ingredient Foam Paint

I’m always looking for new arts and craft activities to try with my son, especially ones that are simple to do one handed (baby in the other). He loves to try new things…and constantly ask for the activities he already loves. Making foam paint is an easy homemade activity, with ingredients that you very likely already have in your cabinet.

You can’t get much simpler than 3 ingredients! Foam painting puts a fun twist on your traditional painting. It adds a texture and novelty for kids. I even had fun painting with it. Let their creativity run free or even do a paint along. We chose to paint a house with a sidewalk and tree in the yard. Then an elephant! This arts and crafts activity is handy for any season of the year: hot days inside the air conditioning and cold winter days when you’re stuck inside with cabin fever.

The foam paint recipe is fairly clean when monitored closely…and also a fun opportunity to let them dive in and get dirty. I let my son M pour the ingredients into the containers himself. I took control of the food coloring. I learned my lesson when making sidewalk chalk paint. I turned around for 2 seconds, just to turn back around and he had red hands. Oops! We used old egg dying containers from Easter which is great for holding water when you paint or holding paint itself.

Here are the 3 ingredients to make the foam. A tip: most of the items used can be found at a local dollar store!

  • Shaving Cream
  • White School Glue
  • Food Coloring

Helpful things to have nearby (here are the things you will need to stay clean and not have to run around the house looking for something while the kids are making a mess with foam paint 🙂

  • Children’s smock
  • Paint brushes
  • Containers or bowls such as Easter egg dying cups (love these for all painting, and you don’t have to wait until Easter to find them)
  • Paper
  • Napkins and wipes for dirty tables and dirty hands
  • Optional: popsicle sticks for stirring, I just used the paint brushes themselves to stir


  • Mix equal parts shaving cream and glue into each container (based on how many colors you want to make). You are in control of the exact texture you want thus how much of each to add. I used trial and error.
  • Next select your colors. Add 3-5 drops of food coloring to each countainter.
  • Stir with your paint brushes, or popsicle sticks work too

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