Footprint painting in the garden

Both my girls enjoy getting creative with paint and paper. Whilst I love to encourage their creativity, I don’t enjoy clearing up the mess afterwards! Making the most of the warm sunny weather and taking the paint and paper outside is a great way to have fun and be creative without having to worry too much about clearing up a lot of mess afterwards!


Jessica and Sophie doing footprint painting in the garden

One of the easiest ways to do this is to just spread a big sheet of lining paper on the ground and pour some coloured paint into a tray. Jessica and Sophie enjoyed standing in the paint and then walking around on the paper to make coloured footprints. The only slight difficulty was that the paint was very slippery. Whilst Jessica didn’t have any problems with stepping in and out of the tray and then walking around, Sophie found it much more difficult to do so without slipping over and making bottom prints instead of footprints!


The paper and paint set up in the garden

Jessica and Sophie doing footprint painting

They both had fun walking up and down on the paper, looking at the footprints they left behind. The finished result is mostly just a big rainbow coloured splodge (especially at the bottom near the paint tray). There are a few distinct footprints here and there though. I love seeing the difference between Jessica’s and Sophie’s. I also love the tiny little toeprints that I can see at the far end of the paper.


Jessica and Sophie doing footprint painting in the garden

A piece of lining paper covered in colourful footprints

It was quick and easy to set up and kept the girls amused for a while. Best of all, cleaning up afterwards was very easy. We just made sure we had the paddling pool set up and ready beforehand. The girls had fun in the paddling pool and got clean in the process – win-win!


Jessica and Sophie doing footprint painting in the garden

Cleaning off in the paddling pool after doing some footprint painting in the garden - Little Hearts, Big Love

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19 thoughts on “Footprint painting in the garden

  1. What fun!! It’s obvious how much they enjoyed it! Great idea – especially on a lovely day with the paddling pool out! Love the joy on their faces. Thanks for sharing #KidsCorner.

    1. Thank you! It was a lot of fun and love that it was so easy to clean up afterwards too! 🙂

  2. Lots of fun and creativity. That’s a fab sensory experience too and the splash in the pool after does look like they are having a great time.

    1. Thanks Karen – I think Sophie in particular loved the sensory aspect – she was quite fascinated by the slippery coloured stuff between her toes! 🙂

  3. ooh never thought of doing this outside, only ever done it in the kitchen! Great tip 😀 thank you – will save the scrubbing and the flooring – double win! They looked like they had a brilliant time #Kidscorner xx

    1. I’ve never tried footprint painting indoors (other than when I painted my babies’ feet for their baby books but that was before they were mobile!) – think the potential mess would make me quite nervous! The great thing about outside is that they can have fun without me getting stressed out 🙂

  4. Look at their faces, the absolutely having fun. Olivia loves this too and always end up painting her face. lol. Such a great activity for summer. xx

  5. aww looks like they had fun my girls like to do things like this and even though you can’t keep it or anything they have fun getting messy and thats the main thing isn’t it thanks for linking up to #kidscorner

    1. Thanks Amy – they certainly did have fun getting messy! Lovely to link up to #kidscorner again 🙂

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