Milk painting is a unique art form that not only captivates the senses but also offers a host of advantages, especially for individuals in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy or seeking autism behavior support. 

Milk painting is a simple activity that requires just a few household items: 


  • Almond Milk or Cow’s Milk 
  • Dish soap 
  • Q-tips (Cotton Swab) 
  • Cotton Balls 
  • Food coloring 
  • Shallow plate or wide bowls 


  1. Fill a plate or bowl with milk. 
  1. Drop in at least 2 drops of each of four colors of food coloring. 
  1. Generously dip the end of a Q-Tip in dish soap. 
  1. Now dip the Q-Tip (cotton swab) into the milk next to a drop of color. 
  1. Gently swirl the Q-Tip through the different colors and you’ll see little rivers of color start to form. 

Pro Tips: 

  • Press a blank sheet of paper to the painted milk to capture the design. 
  • Higher fat milk is the best base for maximum swirling and color movement. 

But what makes milk painting particularly beneficial for individuals with autism or those undergoing ABA therapy? 

  • Sensory Stimulation: Milk painting engages multiple senses simultaneously. The swirling colors stimulate visual perception, while the texture of the milk and the gentle movements provide tactile feedback, making it an ideal sensory activity. 
  • Focus and Attention: Milk painting encourages focus and concentration as individuals observe the colors mix and swirl. For those undergoing ABA therapy, this activity can serve as a valuable tool for improving attention span and task persistence. 
  • Expressive Outlet: Artistic activities like milk painting provide a non-verbal means of expression, allowing individuals to communicate their thoughts and emotions in a creative and therapeutic way. This can be especially beneficial for individuals with autism who may struggle with verbal communication. 
  • Positive Reinforcement: Incorporating enjoyable activities like milk painting into ABA therapy sessions can enhance motivation and engagement. The sensory satisfaction and sense of accomplishment gained from creating vibrant milk paintings can serve as powerful reinforcers for desired behaviors. 

Incorporating sensory crafts like milk painting into autism behavior support programs can enrich learning experiences and promote development. Beyond its therapeutic benefits, milk painting offers a delightful journey into the world of color and creativity, making it a truly enriching activity for all individuals. 

Interested in learning more about how ABA therapy can benefit your child? Please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help you on this journey. Give us a call at (855) 444-5664 to get started!