Claude Monet Inspired Art: Art History Lesson for Toddlers

This Claude Monet inspired art is easy to put together and so much fun to create. The soft texture of the shaving cream paint adds dimension to your painting and the soft colors create an impressionistic feel!

I love art lessons for kids that are inspired by masterpieces hanging in museums. Recreating different works and trying out different techniques is a great way to develop a deeper understanding of the art. When I saw it was art history week at Tag From the Heart I cancelled our project free week and put together this quick but fun project!

Phillipe In Monet’s Garden

I love exploring used bookstores and finding new treasures for us to read. Phillipe In Monet’s Garden is definitely on of the best treasures that we have found! The book is beautiful, full of color and paintings. Sometimes we find books based on artists that I would love to have, but there is no real story line. Instead it reads more like a text book with pretty pictures. Phillipe’s story, however, is so fun to read!

We learn about Philippe and his big feet, and his narrow escape from the frog catcher who wants to serve frog legs for the daily special. He runs through the French countryside until he finds Monet’s garden and is now a model for his paintings among the famous lily pads. This book is one of Aaliyah’s all time favorites, we read it at least once a week! I knew it would be the perfect story to go along with our painting.


  • shaving cream
  • acrylic or tempura paint
  • cupcake pan or small bowls
  • fingerpaint paper
  • paint brushes
  • silk flower
  • construction paper scraps in green, yellow, white, and tan
  • glue
  • popsicle sticks
  • black marker

Painting the Monet Inspired Art

This project was successful because I really controlled the materials. Shaving cream paint is FUN but it is also MESSY. To prevent a disaster, I gave her one color at a time in small amounts so that she could concentrate on one thing at a time. Because I was having her use a large piece of paper, I outlined where the grass and where the lake was. This was great practice in controlling her brush and painting in the lines!

Making shaving cream paint is so simple! We have used in in many projects, and have found mixing it in a small container is best. When it’s too big and you have to stir a lot the shaving cream “melts” and loses its fluffy texture. I sprayed a small amount into two cupcake holes and stirred in two shades of green paint. I encouraged her to dot the paint on as well as brush it on because it added texture. Keeping the book open in front of her allowed her to look at Monet painting and she kept saying “water blue like mine!” She really connected to the picture in front of her.

Once she was done with the light green she added “dots” of dark green and then repeated the process using light and dark blues. To add in some Monet inspired flowers, I poured some magenta paint onto a cupcake liner and had her paint with a silk flower. She really loved this and it created beautiful touches of color!

Creating the Puppets

To really connect with the book and the painting, I thought it would be fun to create Phillipe and Monet puppets. I started with sketching out a Phillipe and Monet in pencil. Before cutting out the pieces I traced the lines in black marker so that all of the details could be seen. She is still learning how to use scissors so I cut the pieces for her, but this would be great practice for older kids cutting skills!

When all the pieces were cut I set the book open in front of her workspace. We looked at the book and at the pieces and talked about which leg went where and which way they should face. I put a small amount of glue in a cupcake liner and had her use a small paint brush to apply dots to Phillipe’s body and Monet’s face. Once the puppets were assembled, she glued them onto the popsicle sticks. She could barely wait for them to dry before she was begging me to read the story while she acted along with the puppets!

This Monet inspired project was so much fun to create! We have many more art based books on our shelf and I think we will be making many more masterpieces!

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  1. I love this, Crazy thing is I use to do stuff like this all the time when I worked in education but I’ve slacked off. This looks so fun can’t wait to try it with my girls!

  2. queenlexlu says:

    This is so cool, I have never heard of shaving cream paint, it’s definitely something my boys would love to make, and the art work came out great!

  3. Tyese says:

    I can’t wait to try this shaving cream paint with my daughter!

  4. Awesome idea! Will definitely be making shaving cream paint with my boys- they will love this!

  5. Omg this is a great idea! Can’t wait to try it out with my twins!

  6. This is such a great bonding activity idea for my son! I want to introduce him to art soon and I know he will love this.

  7. This looks so fun. I can’t wait to try it with my son. I think he will love it. 🙂

  8. lifecomingalive says:

    This is SO awesome! I usually think of doing fun hands on stuff with my preschoolers, but not my toddler. Now I want to try!

  9. I love this!!! What a great idea. My 2 year old LOVES shaving cream crafts.

  10. Oh my goodness I love this! I can’t wait to start doing crafts and art with my daughter

  11. I love this! We’re studying Monet in Kindergarten and totally doing this activity! 😍

  12. This looks like such a great project. I’m going to gather all the materials and bring this along on vacation with us for a rainy day project. It seems like something my youngest through my oldest would love.

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