Besides its fantastic texture, shaving cream has the added advantages of being easy to set up and easy to clean up. It also brings out a playful and silly side in most of our students and parents, which we love.
Here are 4 ways to enjoy sensory exploration with shaving cream:
1. Tray play: We spray it onto a tray to keep the shaving cream contained, and add liquid watercolor paint. This lets the kids experiment with mixing the colorful paint and the white shaving cream together, priming them for color mixing in other lessons. We like to use watercolor paints instead of food coloring as that can stain little hands.
As with all activities at our messy table, we include wooden craft sticks so that children who are tentative about getting their hands dirty can still experience it. Very often, these kids will progress quickly into covering their hands (and arms, too) with it.
3. Take home art: After the shaving cream is nice and marbled with the watercolor paint, we have the kids spread it on absorbent paper. After letting the shaving cream and paint mixture soak in for a few minutes, we scrape it off with a wooden craft stick. Once dry, the students can take it home.
4. Take it outside: On warm days, you can spread shaving cream on a slip and slide, spray it on tummies and legs, fill a bucket for the kids to scoop, cover a sliding board – there is no limit to the fun you can have! And when you are done, just grab a hose to wash it all away.