fall sensory play, puffy pumpkin paint

Fall Sensory Play – Puffy Pumpkin Paint

Because it’s fall, which means all things pumpkin right? So why not incorporate pumpkin into our fall sensory play for some seriously fun puffy pumpkin paint?!

This is truly easy to whip up.

Who knew that two simple ingredients, Elmer’s glue and shaving cream, could give you the perfect puffy paint texture?!


Your painting play will never be the same after this.

Regular paint just won’t be able to hold a candle to this new puffy pumpkin paint.

I was pleasantly surprised with how into this activity my 15-month-old was. He painted the paper, the pumpkins, and the dogs, for a good 20 minutes before we took our brushes to the water hose for some “clean up play.”




Age: I did this with my 15-month-old and he enjoyed it. I don’t think I would do this with much younger though.



Shaving Cream

Food Coloring

Scent – shaving cream has a strong smell so I like to add essential oils or spices like cinnamon or pumpkin spice to give it a more pleasant aroma.

Paint Brushes– we liked these large ones, great for baby hands

Something to paint on- cardboard, poster board, paper, pumpkins, etc.


Mix together equal parts glue and shaving cream in a bowl. Add food coloring to get your desired color. Since I was doing this as a fall sensory play activity, I used red + orange food coloring to get a pumpkiny orange color. But you can make any color you want.

Then paint away, preferably outdoors in the crisp fall air.

Have you played with puffy paint before? What did your kiddos think?

Share your favorite fall sensory play ideas below!




puffy pumpkin paint sensory play