Painting Feet: Painted Socks

There’s something odd about the experience of putting paint on ourselves. I find it calming and relaxing. Eg, when painting my nails, I forget about the world for about 15 minutes. Likewise, face painting my kids keeps them still for 15 minutes. All we see and feel for those 15 minutes is the paint on our bodies.

One day, while Master N and M were at preschool, I decided to take out our face painting box to paint Master E. We were just about to have lunch so I didn’t want to paint his face. I saw his chubby little feet and couldn’t resist the idea of painting feet.

So, instead of face painting, we painted on some socks.



Face paint
Small makeup brushes & sponges



Lay down a towel to protect your floors.

Start painting socks, avoiding the soles of the feet.



Try different patterns. Just wipe off the paint and start again.


Master E admired his painted socks.



 He even had a go himself.


Painted Socks. Instead of face painting – try painting feet. It’s easy for toddlers to see and try themselves.


Another Keep It Short & Simple (KISS) play idea.

E: 1 year, 9 months


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Pauline Pauline & Lessons Learnt Journal is all about life with kids. Pauline is an Aussie mum and teacher who shares her love for play, math games, writing and reading activities. She believes that #playmatters, values curiosity & wonder, wisdom, obedience and respect. She also needs naps. When not blogging, she may be found virtually hoarding on Pinterest, trying to decide which Instagram filter to apply, or compulsively refreshing her Facebook feed.

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