Shaving cream: four fun sensory rich play ideas

nj fine art classes The Messy ArtistAs one of our favorite sensory activities, shaving cream is always in heavy rotation at The Messy Artist. Kids love the squishy foamy consistency and it encourages investigation into texture.

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.shaving cream bday party

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.sensory play with shaving cream

For added interest, cups, animals and other small objects are added to the mix. Children love covering and uncovering the animals with the shaving cream and drawing in it with their fingers.The Messy Artist shaving cream sensory play

2. Mirror magic: Use non-breakable mirrors instead of trays for a base for the shaving cream. You can then add all the toys and paint like we do on the plastic tray.four shaving cream fun ideas

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 party class and camp morris county new jersey process oriented art the messy artist

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.

How do you like to enjoy sensory play with shaving cream? Let us know!best art class party and camp north jersey


Author: hellokidsart

The Messy Artist is a special place to create art. We offer year-round art classes for children 18 months through adulthood. In addition to art classes from September through June, we offer summer art camp and Drop-In and Play art activities for kids between our regular sessions. Our bright, colorful studio is also the perfect place for a kid’s birthday party! The Messy Artist children’s art center was created and designed by Owner/Director Donna Bernstein, a professional educator and artist. The curriculum is inspired and guided by Donna’s teaching experience and research in child development, as well as her passion for art. At The Messy Artist, art lessons for kids entertain and enrich their brains, bodies, and hearts.

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