If you’ve visited the museum, you‘ve likely had the opportunity to make art with our cool foam finger paint. Since not everyone has access to that in their own craft room, we decided to show you how to make your own with supplies you likely have around the house or could easily purchase.

This at-home idea comes from Gallery Educator Rebecca Cameron, one of several talented team members at the i.d.e.a. Museum. Gallery educators help create activities featured in our museum’s exhibitions and school tours. Learn more about Rebecca below.


First, a few things you’ll need:

  • FOAM shaving cream
  • Food coloring
  • Small bowls to mix in
  • Paper
  • Paper towels and/or table cloth (for clean up and protecting your table surface)
  • Stir sticks or rubber gloves for mixing colors

Next, a little fun creating your foam finger paint

  • Lay out paper towels or table cloth and set bowls on top.
  • Squirt shaving cream into your mixing bowls.
  • Drop food coloring on top of the shaving cream.
  • Mix, mix, mix (Note: the food coloring will stain your fingers if mixing by hand, so use a stir stick or gloves to avoid mess)

Third, have some finger painting fun

  • Use your new colorful foam paint to create puffy paintings.
  • Use paper towels to clean up any messes.


Rebecca is a full-time artist and former teacher. At the museum, she helps develop art-making activities and is often leading programs, such as Messy Creations, Girl Scouts, Wonder Camp, and guided tours. “I love that my job allows me the opportunity to teach in an informal setting and really get creative with the activities.”

Find her on Instagram as @bexxfineart.