Simple art ideas :: painting on foil

Here’s one of our favourite simple art ideas  – painting on foil, which is lots of fun, great for sensory play, and creates gorgeous collaborative art.Simple art ideas for kids :: painting on foil

Simple art ideas :: painting on foil

Sometimes you need a quick rescue remedy – something that’s easy to set up, will engage a group of children, and hopefully perk up a gloomy day or grumpy kiddos. This simple set up of painting on foil is one of those activities. All you need is a roll of kitchen foil, some paint, and either brushes or hands to create some art.

Simple art ideas for preschool, toddlers and kids :: painting on foil

I laid out our roll of foil on the table, fastening it in place with a little sticky tape at the corners. The children used paint brushes today, so I set out a palette with their pick of colours, but you might like to squirt some paint straight onto the foil and swoosh it around with your hands – super sensory play.

painting on foilThen it’s all-join-in time. The foil is an interesting surface to paint on – quite different to paper, which is most likely what your children are used to. The foil is very smooth, so the paint glides, and sits on the surface rather than being absorbed a with paper. The shiny surface adds an extra sensory element, and it makes a noise as you paint on it too.

simple art ideas for kids paintingAnd you can make all sorts of gorgeous patterns, from waves…

painting on foilto follow-the-leader dots…

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and mandala shapes.

easy painting ideas for preschoolLaid out on the table, the foil can be a canvas for a big collaborative piece, with everyone painting their own section, or overlapping across the foil, layering the paint and colours as you go.

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super sensory footerSuper Sensory Invitations to Play

Ready for a whole year of exploring through the senses? Super Sensory Invitations to Play is a delightful resource that encourages your children to explore the five senses through the year, using a wide variety of sensory materials. It includes 52 invitations to play, linked to the festivals and seasons of the year, and including water, ice, dough, rice, paints, sand, sensory tubs, and more.

They are easy, simple, and fun ideas that you can use right now to give a multi-sensory boost to your play and learning. It comes with a printable recipe book featuring all our favourite recipes for play. Come and see more here.


    • says

      Hi Melissa, a few people over in our Facebook community have asked that too. It dries fine, taking a bit longer than on paper. It’s best to keep the art work flat (you can display it on the wall) as the paint can flake a little if you bend the foil.

  1. Teresa says

    If you mix a little PVA glue with the water based paint the finished picture wont flake so much.

  2. Rosie Timperley says

    You could also take a paper ‘print’ from the painting or part of the painting I would think? Going to try this at my next group I think :) Will be doing Winter theme so white on foil and then black or blue paper prints I think. Thanks for the ideas :)


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