I am super excited to tell you about this easy and fun painting activity for toddlers (and really all kids) today. We all loved doing Bubble Wrap Foot Stomp painting because it was something different.. an art adventure. The end result is not going to hang in an art museum any time soon. However, Sweet Pea had a blast. Read on to see how to recreate this activity for your kids!
Bubble Wrap Foot Stomp Painting Activity for Toddlers
- Bubble Wrap sheets. 1 for each foot
- Painter tape or masking tape
- White paper roll
- Tempura paint in various colors
- 2 shallow cardboard boxes (we used the boxes used by the club store (Costco, Sams, etc..) for soda.
- water and towels for easy clean up
How to do this activity
- Cut a 6-8′ (foot) piece of white paper and tape it to the driveway. Note: We did this activity outside so that the rain would wash away any paint splash. If you wanted to do this inside, just put a tarp down first.
- Put one shallow cardboard box at each end of the paper roll strip.
- Squeeze a generous amount of each color of paint into one of the cardboard boxes. I put three colors in one box and 2 colors in the other.
- Have your child take off their shoes and socks. They don’t really have to do this.. but it makes it a better ‘sensory’ experience if you do.
- Wrap you child’s foot in the first sheet of bubble wrap and loosely tape the ‘bootie’ so that it doesn’t fall off. Repeat with the second foot and bubble wrap sheet. Tip: Be careful about how much tape you use. Remember, when it is cleanup time, the bootie will be covered in paint. You don’t want bootie removal to be complicated.
- Help your kid to the painting area. The paint will be slick, so if your child is young, they might need extra help with balance. We got Daddy involved in this activity… he held Sweet Pea’s hands so she didn’t slip and slide too much. Granted, our driveway is sloped. You will have to gauge for yourself what you want to do. If your kids are older, or if you don’t care how messy they get, you may not worry about falling into paint and all that jazz.
- Let your kid do the paint walking. Sweet Pea mostly just walked back and forth until the paint was all mixed to a muddy brown color. We will try this again when she is older and let her create designs and everything.
- With many other painting activities in our family, everything ultimately leads to painting with the hands. Roll with it… jazz hands are fun!
Isn’t this a great painting activity? The entire activity from set up to cleanup took less than 30 minutes. We did this activity after dinner one night during the week. Sweet Pea went from painting straight to bath. Perfect timing!
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy painting with your kids!
Want more ideas? Check out these painting activities for kids too!