Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Shaving Cream Creations — by Guest Mom Marie

Kids love to get messy and Mom's like to keep things clean. Playing with shaving cream is the best of both worlds, getting messy and smelling clean.

For Shaving Cream Creations, we used our handmade placemats that we made for playing with play dough. Placemats work great at keeping the table free from mess and are laminated for easy clean up. By using some type of placemat, you will save your table from any damage and the clean up is a simple wipe up. If you don't have placemats, a piece of tinfoil, plastic wrap, or a vinyl table cloth would work great.

Any kind of shaving cream will do, even pink flowery cream from the shower. Then squirt a little pile for each child and let them dive in. Once the kids have had their fun making swirls and hand prints, we work on their writing and drawing skills. This activity is great for practicing letters and shapes, or writing their name.

We even added a little food coloring and talked about mixing colors. Use a spoon to stir the food coloring into each shaving cream pile, then the color won't get all over their hands. We mixed colors to make green, purple, orange, then mixed it all up into a big brown blob.

This is an easy craft to do with your kids. It explores their 5 senses in a fun and messy way. (Just be careful they DON'T use their taste sense on this one!)

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Blogger hoLLy said...

i remember doing shaving cream creations as a kid! i had forgotten about it, thanks for the reminder. my kiddos will love it!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 10:50:00 PM EDT  
Blogger i'm kelly said...

looks like fun... being the lazy gal that i am, i think i'd stick 'em in the shower and have them draw on the glass. great idea as alway.s

Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 12:42:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Grand Life said...

great idea. I'll remember this the next time the grandkids are here.

Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 1:18:00 AM EDT  
Blogger zobars said...

Love that idea. Thanks Marie.

Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 2:25:00 AM EDT  
Blogger jennifer.auroradesign said...

We used to do this as children too. Mom gave us each a large cookie sheet or jelly roll pan to work on. Fun!

Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 9:14:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Marie said...

Kelly - I love the idea of playing with it in the bathtub. Super easy clean up.

Jennifer - A cookie sheet is a great idea for a placemat. And the jelly roll pans have the sides so that the mess says there! Thanks for the tip.

Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 10:29:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For younger babies (who you can't trust not to eat the shaving cream), cool whip (which is nondairy) is great for this, too.

Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 11:22:00 AM EDT  
Blogger pve design said...

great, especially for children with auditory processing issues, the visual, tactile exercise pulls this all together.

Friday, April 25, 2008 at 4:58:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Marie said...

letter9 - I love the cool whip idea. My husband said that even he would want to play with it if it was out of cool whip. There may be more eating than drawing on his part!!

I have also heard of others doing finger paints with chocolate pudding, YUM.

Friday, April 25, 2008 at 10:48:00 AM EDT  

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