Make your own colour foam

Explore colours and have fun with this foamy arty activity that only takes a minute to set up and can be played with in a multitude of ways!

This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.

Who is this for?

This is a crafting activity for people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities.

Why does this make a difference?

This is a creative activity that helps people use their senses to connect with their surroundings, exploring touch while supporting independent choice and self-expression.

How to do this activity

What you’ll need

Sensitive shaving foam, empty glasses and paints

  • Shaving foam for sensitive skin
  • Food colouring
  • Jars or a cupcake tray
  • A spoon

Step 1

Jars with drops of food colouring in them, being filled with foam

Put a few drops of food colouring in the bottom of each jar or section of the cupcake tray. Try mixing different colours together to make new ones. Then, top up with foam. 

Step 2

Blending the foam and blue colouring with a spoon

Carefully mix together with the spoon until the colours are fully blended with the foam. 

Step 3

Jars with pastel foam paint and brushes

Have fun! You can use a paintbrush to create pictures with the foam on paper, play with it outside, or even in the bath!


Top tips

Pastel, rainbow foam in a dish being played with

  • You can make the colour foam in a large tub, by filling with foam then adding drops of the food colouring on top
  • Try adding your coloured foam to a single large tub
  • If you don’t have a cupcake tray, mix your coloured foam in small bowls