Here is a fun shaving cream art activity that your children will love to play with. It doesn’t require many materials and is very quick and easy to set up. Before you know it your child will have created beautiful decorative art pieces that won’t find themselves in the recycling bin. 😉
Children love the sensory experience of sinking their fingers in soft shaving cream. It’s wonderful (and cheap to buy). It can also be used to create art pieces quite simply.
Recommended age: 4 years +
(All my activities require active supervision)
You will need –
- Shaving cream from a can (cheaper the better)
- Plate or tray
- Food colouring or paint
Simply spray the shaving cream onto the plate. I would recommend children wear an apron when doing this activity because it does fall into the messy play category.
Possum (aged 3 years) loved smoothing out the shaving cream with the back of a spoon.
Using a toothpick we mixed the food colouring through the shaving cream. We loved watching the coloured spread throughout the shaving cream and mix together. What great fun!
Next step was to simply (but very carefully) place a white sheet of paper over the shaving cream with the mixed food colouring. We used gentle hands to press the paper down and ensure there was good contact with the paper and the shaving cream.
Once we were pleased with the coverage we carefully pulled up the white paper to reveal the shaving cream and the gorgeous swirls of food colouring.
Using the back of the spoon,which we used previously, scrape away the excess shaving cream to reveal your art piece. The food colouring stains the paper to make a beautiful marbled looked.
Okay so we have a slight confession, the food colouring from this activity did stain our hands, however it was great fun and the staining was gone after a good scrub. If I was to this activity again I would choose to use paints instead because that would work just the same and be less likely to stain. So tell me…