Playing with shaving cream and food colouring is a wonderful form of messy play for toddlers and preschoolers. This activity offers a wonderful sensory experience, and the opportunity for kids to get really messy without getting really dirty.
We’re all about shaving cream activities this week!
Shaving cream is such an amazing sensory substance, and you can do so much with it! So far we’ve had a shaving cream car wash, and we’ve mixed glitter into a shaving cream bin, and I suspect there will be many more shaving cream activities in our future!
Playing with shaving cream and food colouring:
This particular activity was an enormous hit with the two hooligans who participated. The baby was too young to take part, and the 1 year old 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. Some kids don’t enjoy getting messy, and that’s ok.
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 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. The kids 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 hooligan does nothing halfway.
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 your kids haven’t experienced some messy shaving cream play 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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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. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.
How fun!! 🙂
Thanks for linking up at LINK YOUR MESS! This was the perfect one. 🙂
Does the food coloring in shaving cream stain at all?
Wash off of hands easily?
Funny you should ask! I just read recently that the easiest way to remove food colouring stains from hands is to rub them with shaving cream. 🙂