I’m guessing the kids in your program have painted on paper…but have they ever painted on aluminum foil? Today I’m going to share a sensory art foil painting idea that will have your little artists ooh-ing and ahh-ing.
SENSORY ART PROJECTS FOR KIDS
This easy sensory art painting idea is a great one to save for the day you show up less than normally prepared. It requires very little set-up and you most likely have all of the materials in your cabinets.
Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy this process-oriented project.
This project also engages the fine motor muscles in young children as painting on foil takes a little more control than when painting on paper.
Can you paint on tinfoil?
The short answer is yes!
The paint dries in a fairly crinkly fashion, but when handled with care can be preserved and put on display.
Kids love listening to the soft crinkle that foil makes when the paint is applied to the surface with either their hands or a paintbrush. Which adds another element to the ‘sensory experience’.
Sensory Art Benefits
Sensory art provides oodles of benefits for young children. In fact, I love how Allison McDonald, over at No Time For Flashcards explains it:
The benefits of including additional sensory elements to art projects are not just novelty and interest; it also allows children to connect to different skills in new ways. When your students are exploring these sensory activities, they are making new fine or even gross motor coordination, how to take in information using different senses, and all the while learning new vocabulary, and of course, having fun.Allison McDonald
How to Paint on Foil
Supplies You Will Need for Foil Painting:
- Aluminum Foil (The Dollar Store is a great place to get cheap rolls!)
- Paint Brushes
- Washable Tempera Paint
- Cover your work surface. (optional)
- Layout a piece of foil and a paint brush for each child.
- For easy clean-up use a paper plate as your painter’s palette!
- There’s not a whole lot for the adult to do at this point except standby and watch the kids explore how a familiar material such as paint, reacts to the new surface (in this case, aluminum foil).
- Offer to clean out brushes and re-fill paint or deliver a fresh piece of foil as needed.
This easy painting idea for kids could be incorporated into an outer space/planets theme!
Have fun painting on this shiny surface!
Will the paint fry on the foil?
Roz Addler says
Hi Ronda! I’m not sure what you mean by “fry”—when it fully dries it crackles a bit but the outcomes are still beautiful. The real joy of the project is in the process–the sound of the brush on the foil and watching kids respond to the ways in which painting on foil is different than painting on paper. Let me know if you try it out! Thanks for stopping by! -Roz