Candy Cane Sensory Paint

My kids love to make fun things at home. We frequently make playdough, or some other craftivity like baking soda/vinegar art. One thing my youngest loves to do is get messy! He loves all things painting and shaving cream is such a fun sensory activity. At preschool last week we talked about candy canes and made this candy cane sensory paint. It was so much fun that we made some at home a few days later!

Sensory activities are great for kids. It’s good for the kids to feel different textures and explore. Sensory play can also support language development, fine and gross motor, and problem solving skills. We have something in our sensory table every week at preschool and the kids just love it. It can be anything from bubble wrap, shredded paper, noodles, or sticks/leaves. There are so many ideas for sensory play on Pinterest.

Candy Cane sensory paint is really easy to make. All you need is some white shaving cream, red washable paint, and peppermint oil or peppermint extract. I used oil because I always have peppermint oils at my house.

Candy Cane Sensory Paint


  • 1 can of white shaving cream
  • 1/2 cup (more or less) of red washable paint
  • Peppermint oil
  • Large plastic tub
  • Paintbrushes


  1. Spray some shaving cream in the tub.
  2. Add some red paint in swirls.
  3. Add a few drops of peppermint oil.
  4. Mix together with hands.
  5. Use paintbrushes or hands to play.
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This would be a great activity to do outside. Our day this day was rainy and cold so we settled for inside and I was thankful I had towels down. Luckily the shaving cream washes off super easy but with all the fun the kids have, it can lead to some shaving cream flying through the air. I speak from experience 🙂

I was even thinking this might be fun to do in a bathtub sometime too and that would make for easy wash off. Paintbrushes are optional but hands work the best with this concoction. The peppermint oil makes it smell so great too, just like candy canes.

You can take this mixture and have your kids do some painting on paper too but we had fun just playing with it in a bucket. If it was nice outside you could have them paint the fence or sidewalk and then wash it down easily after. I can see us making this again this summer for a fun outside activity!


Peppermint Sensory Paint! So much fun for kids and smells great too.

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December 22, 2016
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  • Reply Charlotte Ager

    Wow this looks great! Thanks for the idea. I’ll definitely be making this with the kiddos over Christmas.

    I’ll bet it smells good too!

    December 22, 2016 at 9:16 am
    • Reply Shannon

      It does smell wonderful! Both my 9 yr old and 3 yr old loved this!

      December 22, 2016 at 7:03 pm
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