Sponge Painting

Sponge painting is a very versatile art activity that can cater to any lesson theme and can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

Safety Tips

  • Kids 8 years and younger should use child-safe scissors.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.
Sponge Painting craft


  • Craft sponges, kitchen sponges or bath sponges
  • Any water-based paint
  • Plates or trays
  • Paper or fabric
  • Scissors
  • Permanent marker (optional)


Step 1 Sponge Painting 1. If you have ready-made craft sponges, proceed to Step 3. Otherwise, make your own sponge brushes from regular kitchen or bath sponges. Draw the desired shape, such as a heart or a butterfly on the sponge.
Step 2 Sponge Painting Ask for an adult's help2. Cut the sponge shapes. You may want to keep the trimmings for the painting part. Use them to print small or fine details such as grass, leaves, or lines.
Step 3 Sponge Painting 3. Put paint in plates or small trays. Add some water to make the paint more spreadable but avoid watering down the paint too much.
Step 4 Sponge Painting 4. Dip a sponge on paint, making sure that the bottom is evenly-coated with paint.
Step 5 Sponge Painting 5. Press the sponge firmly onto paper or fabric.
Step 6a Sponge Painting 6. You can fill your picture with fun random shapes.
Step 6b Sponge Painting   Or compose a picture using your sponge shapes. You can finger paint the details or use the sponge trimmings to print small images.

More Ideas

Step 9 Sponge Painting Try sponge painting the background before stamping on shapes and images.
Step 10 Sponge Painting Create an interesting effect by overlapping the sponge prints.
Step 11 Sponge Painting Use sponges as a fun way of learning and practicing the alphabet.