Do you like a clean house but want your child to experience messy, sensory play?
Painting toys with bath paint is the perfect sensory art and play activity for your child. Children who are creative and tactile sensory seekers will especially love painting their toys.
This activity might encourage those children with tactile sensory defensiveness to explore a different sensory experience if you incorporate a favorite toy. If your child seems reluctant to paint because they don’t want their hands to get dirty, it might help if you start painting first and they will be curious as to what you are doing and want to join in too.
- toys but no precious or expensive ones like American Girl dolls
- paint brush
- bath paint
- sink, bathtub, or plastic bin to contain the play
Bath Paint Recipe
Ingredients: dish soap and washable tempera paint
Directions How to Paint Toys with Bath Paint
- Gather small plastic cups, bowls or egg cartons to mix the paint.
- Pour one tablespoon dish soap and one tablespoon of tempera paint into a container.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Test area for play to make sure the paint rinses off completely and does not stain the area you plan for play.
- Get painting!
Accommodations for Special Needs
- If your child will not get near paint at all, first direct your child to choose a plastic toy they would like colored with paint.
- Put the toy in a ziplock bag.
- Ask your child to choose a paint color or two they would like to paint their animal.
- You pour in some bath paint into the ziplock bag with the animal.
- Seal the bag.
- Allow the children to play with the sealed ziplock bag combining the paints and covering the toy with paint.
- You remove the object from ziplock bag and wash.
We paint our toys in the kitchen or bathroom sink. It is the perfect place sensory play because it contains the mess.
Painting toys in an empty bath tub or in plastic bin works well too, but make sure to test a surface area with the bath paint to make sure it doesn’t stain.
Once your child has the materials, allow your child to paint the toys they imagine.
Once your child is finished, provide water for your child to wash the toys. No soap needed because the bath paint contains soap that makes clean up a breeze.
Painting toys with bath paint and playing bubble bath time with the toys is fantastic sensory play.
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