Create a giant “Magna Doodle” with 2 simple items: a table-top and a can of shaving cream.
We love playing with shaving cream! It’s such a great sensory material, and kids just love rolling up their sleeves, getting right into it with their hands and creating art on a table covered in shaving cream! This morning, I created a shaving cream magna doodle using 2 simple items: a table-top and a can of shaving cream.
If you’ve been following along with us, you’ve likely heard me mention the 6 dollar, second-hand coffee table. It serves as an indoor craft table during the winter months, and an outdoor activity table during the warmer months. I love it because it’s large enough for the children to gather around comfortably, and its laminate top makes it stain and water-proof.
Creating your shaving cream magna doodle:
At the sound of the spray-can, they came running, and gathered around, curious about what I was up to. “Is it for us?” they asked. “Yep”, I said. “What do we do with it?” one of them asked. I replied very simply: “Whatever you’d like”.
And it wasn’t long before they were burying their hands in the foam, and spreading it around the table, making swirls and pattern. Then they would wipe it all out and start fresh. That’s when I realized that what we had in front of us was just like a giant Magna Doodle!
Who doesn’t love a Magna Doodle? Make it life-size, and add a sensory twist and it’s better than ever! We made hand prints,
drew pictures, and created oodles of doodles, writing our names and swirling our hands and fingers around in the foam.It was such a wonderful sensory experience. The soft, fluffy shaving cream, little hands gliding around on the slippery table-top and it smelled amazing!
We had a large bowl and a towel sitting beside the table, so the kids could rinse their hands whenever they wanted to.
For those who don’ t enjoy messy play:
Shaving cream is an absolutely delightful substance to in your sensory activities, but as always, you know your child best. If there are skin sensitivities or a risk of your child eating it, please hold off until your child is a bit older.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.