Face Paint Recipe & Classroom Fun! October 04 2009

Here's a recipe for face paint. You can use it as part of your child's Halloween costume and you can use it for a classroom drama activity.

Face Paint Recipe

  • 1/8 cup baby lotion
  • 1/4 tsp powdered tempera paint (Create as many colors as you like.)
  • 1 squirt of liquid dish soap

Mix together.

Bring a hand mirror, so the kids can see themselves.

Halloween Costume

We have fun and inexpensive Halloween costume ideas here.  Your child can use the paint as part of his/her Halloween costume.

Classroom Face Paint Fun


1. Choose a nursery rhyme you would like the students to sing and act out (e.g. Old MacDonald).

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O!
And on his farm he had a mouse, E-I-E-I-O!
With an eek-eek here and an eek-eek there
Here an eek, there an eek, everywhere an eek-eek;
Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O!

If you choose this nursery rhyme ahead of time and keep it consistent, the students will be able to think about what type of animal they get to be on their special day. It's a good idea to let the children choose what type of animal they want to be ahead of time, rather than force the children to be something they don't want to be (e.g. like a pig or a cow) if they don't want to. I think that letting the kids create their own version of the rhyme would be fun, too. What if you had a few kids that wanted to be sea creatures? You could change it to...

"(Your Name Here) had an aquarium  E-I-E-I-O!
and in her aquarium she had a dolphin, E-I-E-I-O!"

Feel free to change the main character and the location. 

Other Ideas for Locations and Creatures for the "Old MacDonald" rhyme:

  • Garden - butterfly, ladybug, bettle
  • Ocean - fish, mermaid, dolphin, orca
  • Jungle - tiger, elephant, monkey

2. Choose a group of about 3 or 4 children each day. During silent reading or another time you find convenient, get out the paint and be creative. Each child will get a turn this year. You may like to keep a record of each student's date for face painting. It also might be helpful to have the students write what they want to be at the beginning of the year and keep it in your schedule book. That way you can plan for it ahead of time. It might be a good idea to remind the students a day ahead of time, too.