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Marbled Creations

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Create a painting with a marbled with shaving foam and food colouring.

At OMO, we believe that every stain represents an important experience - mud stains are the stamp of adventure, grass stains are the sign of exploration and fruit stains are the aftermath of discovery. Encourage your kids to get messy with our fun activities for happy, healthy, confident kids. We'll be there to sort out the dirty clothes afterwards.

Marbled Creations

Create a painting with a marbled with shaving foam and food colouring.

What you’ll need:

What you will need

What to do:

Help your child to fill the baking sheet with a layer of shaving foam. The foam should be about 5cm thick. Let them drip different colours of food colouring in a few different places on the foam. Show them how to take a toothpick and gently drag the colour out to make patterns in the foam. When they are happy with the patterns they’ve made, gently lay a sheet of paper over the foam. Peel the paper off, lay it flat and gently scrape off the foam to reveal your child’s marbled masterpiece.

You should be able to get two or three marbled prints off one tray before replenishing the shaving foam and colours.

Alternative Materials:

Alternative materials

Change it up:

Make it easy: Help your child with laying down and peeling off the paper, as this needs to be done gently.

Make it a challenge: Invite your child to try and make shapes or even a recognisable image using the toothpicks and swirling colour.

Play with friends: Two children can work together to create a marbled print. For larger groups, provide a tray and materials for each pair.

Indoor play: Lay down an old sheet or newspaper for your child to work on if you’re doing this activity indoors.

Developmental areas:

  • Fine motor skills

  • Auditory skills

  • Concepts – colour mixing

Values instilled

Creativity; imagination.