If you’ve been following us for a while, you would have seen how often we get down & dirty with sensory play activities! This week, Miss18m & I whipped up a batch of Soap Paint – a lumpy, yet smooth & soft, clean yet messy paint recipe!
Ideally this is an outside activity (think excited swinging & clapping toddler arms causing paint & soap to go everywhere) but alas working in a high rise building means we need to adapt to indoors (or the balcony on a non-windy/rainy day)! I use a large, thick plastic sheet to do our indoor activities. This is how I’ve taught Miss18m (all my Nanny-kids actually) about boundaries when it comes to messy art & play. While we play/paint, we stay on the mat, & when we are finished it goes away. I keep a towel, tissues & wipes close by for any accidents.
With just 3 simple ingredients, you can make Soap Paint for your Toddler & Preschoolers to explore.
To Make Soap Paint you need,
3 parts Pure Soap Flakes combined with 1 – 2 parts Water (you want your Soap Paint to begin as a sloppy consistency as the soap will soak up the water), then just mix in a few squirts of Washable Kids Paint.
Miss18m couldn’t resist getting her hands in & squishing it between her fingers & mixing the colours. Long gone are the days where I couldn’t handle colour mixing! I was one of those people who discouraged play dough & paint mixing. But colour mixing, experimentation & exploration is a huge part of learning through play! MIX AWAY, kiddies!
Miss18m had no hesitation in diving straight in! I added trucks & diggers to make prints on paper, though you could add anything you like – cars, people, blocks, trains, animals, or even just the Soap Paint on its own to play & explore! Throughout her time exploring, Miss18m mimicked me as I pointed out the colours, & spoke about the soft, cold, lumpy texture.
Next time we might use trains instead of construction vehicles! Miss18m kept saying “choo choo!!” as she pushed the trucks along the paper!
Once the Soap Paint was dry, it left a bumpy texture across the paper! Thick cardstock would be ideal for this activity, as regular paper would not withstand the weight.
This recipe also works well as bath/shower paint! Unlike food colouring, using washable paint means theres no staining (and it means the bath gets a wash down too! #win)
What are your favourite sensory play activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers? You can share your favourites with us by tagging us or sharing them under the #craftyliving & #craftylivingkids hashtags!