Sensory Art: exploring shaving cream and food colouring with our hands.
We enjoyed another wonderful art technique the other day, creating sensory art with shaving cream and food colouring. You may have seen our Giant Shaving Cream Magna-Doodle a couple of weeks ago when we covered our 6 dollar, thrift-shop table in shaving cream and doodled the morning away.
This time, at the suggestion of two of my lovely facebook followers, we added a couple of things that took the activity to a whole new level: food colouring and craft sticks.
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Our sensory art “ingredients”:
Added suggestion: bucket of water and a towel
I started by covering our table-top with shaving cream. Don’t worry about buying expensive shaving cream. This stuff was not. It dribbled and dripped out of the container, but hey, we weren’t looking for a close shave here, we were just looking to get messy.
I sprinkled a few drops of food colouring on top of the shaving cream and we were good to go!
Then I passed around some large craft sticks. Using craft sticks until the food colouring is mixed in is a good idea. It prevents having to put your hands directly into the food colouring.
The hooligans scraped and doodled and spread the food colouring around in the foam, and it quickly began to look verrrry cool!
And very inviting! It wasn’t long before they ditched the craft sticks and got their hands into it.
And they had a great old time, smooshing and smearing the colours all together.
When the shaving became all one colour, I would simply dribble some more on top, and add a few new drops of food colouring, and they’d start all over again.
We continued adding layer upon layer o food colour and shaving cream until the can was empty.
A bucket full of water and towel made clean up easy, and was handy for those who wanted to rinse while they were painting.
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