What do you do when you have five energetic kids stuck in the house?
Get out the shaving cream and let them go crazy with some basic shaving cream sensory play!
My kids have played with shaving cream a number of times. It is ALWAYS a hit!
My daughter loved last summer’s whole body shaving cream experience and the Frozen-inspired sensory table… And when we had company over this week and she spotted the can of shaving cream I had stashed on the counter?
Well, I couldn’t resist introducing a whole new batch of kids to shaving cream sensory fun!
I started off by just squirting a little bit in front of each child.
They had fun squishing it and smearing it on the table, drawing pictures with their fingers, writing their names, and then smearing it to start all over again.
When they decided to work together to cover the whole table (this was a first here!), I got out miniature cars so they could see the tire marks each car left behind.
And just when our company was starting to think I was crazy for letting the kids cover the dining table in shaving cream… I got out the food coloring.
Just a drop or two of food coloring gives the kids a whole new shaving cream experience!
They had fun mixing the colors and creating more shaving cream pictures.
And then I got a bit crazier….and sprinkled a bit of baking soda on the whole mess.
With a few sprays from my “magic squirt bottle” (which was filled with vinegar and water), the colorful art work started to foam!
Of course the added liquid made it all a bit more slippery (a whole new sensory experience).
I bet by now you are wondering how clean up went.
Shaving cream is really pretty easy to clean up.
I usually wipe up as much as I can of it with dry paper towels before using a wet wash cloth. As for the kids, I filled the sink with a bit of water and had them each walk to it with their hands in the air. A quick dip in the water and a bit of rubbing and the shaving cream came right off, leaving the kids ready for whatever fun they’d find next.
(I’ll give you a secret: If it’s just your own kids, let them play with the shaving cream in the bathtub! All you need to do then is rinse the shaving cream down the drain and the kids are already in a convenient location for their own clean up, too!)
Have you ever let the kids play in shaving cream?
I’d love to hear how you’ve gotten creative with it in the comments!