Sensory fun with shaving cream and food colouring. An easy and affordable way to have some awesome messy fun!
We finally did it!! For weeks, I’ve been reading about all the shaving cream and food colouring play going on out there, but my Hooligans were all on summer break, so I’ve had to patiently wait for their return.
Today was the day! This activity was an enormous hit with the two hooligans who participated. I had a baby who was too young to take part, and two 1 year olds who had no interest in it what-so-ever. I invited them to join in several times, but they said “no”, and carried on with what they were doing. Maybe the mess factor put them off?
Anyway, I have to say, we’ll definitely be doing this again. Quite likely as soon as tomorrow, it was that much fun.
The only problem was: I cheaped out and bought my shaving cream at the dollar store, which is unfortunate because it had the consistency of runny whipped cream (you can probably tell in the first pics). It kind of pathetically dribbled and oozed out of the can. I was expecting big, foamy piles of airy fluff. Not so, but it was still a ton of fun. I’ll pick up a better brand of shaving cream on the weekend. I think this will be a fairly regular activity here, so I’ll start watching for sales.
We started with the bin of shaving cream and a few drops of red, blue, green and yellow food colouring. The mixture soon turned the shaving cream to grey, but that didn’t bother anyone. They had a great time smooshing their hands around in it, and played that way for quite a while.
Then I moved them over to the fence and got out some paint brushes. This was a lot of fun too, and then someone decided that there were more exciting things to paint (like cheeks, arms, shirts etc.)
At one point I turned away to talk to another little one, and when I turned back, she had moved the bin onto the ground and climbed into it. All I could do was laugh, because this particular little Hooligan does nothing “half-way”. She throws her whole body into everything she does. And I figured, hey, it’s just soap. It’s all going to come out in the wash, so why not have as much fun as you can with it.
I’m pretty sure she did. I think they both did actually. If you haven’t tried this yet, do it! I knew it was going to be cool, but it went over even better than I’d imagined it would. It’s such a great sensory activity, but to the kids it’s just awesome, messy fun!
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