It’s Try It Tuesday time again, and today I would love to share a fun activity involving shaving cream. What kid doesn’t like playing with shaving cream? Even my daughter, who loves shaving cream, but hates to touch it had fun with this activity! When I found this idea over on growingajeweledrose.com, I knew my daughter would love it. This website has a whole slew of fun sensory play ideas that we will definitely be exploring in the future. The second reason for today’s choice of activity is all the fun several of our friends over on Instagram have been having with finger paint, and pop rocks. I thought this would be a fun twist on the pop rock craze.
- Shaving Cream/foam
- Pop Rock Candy (we found ours at the Dollar Store)
- Plastic pipettes (eye droppers)
- Food coloring, or liquid watercolors
- Small shallow bucket
- Long wooden spoon
- Gather your materials listed above.
- If you would like to squeeze colored water onto your shaving cream, now is the time to get it all ready. I like to use an ice pop mold like the one pictured below. I squirt a very generous amount of food coloring, or liquid watercolor into each hole, and add a little water. Then I add plastic pipettes in place of the paint brushes that you see pictured here. I love using this ice pop mold for activities such as this because the holes are deep enough to submerge a pipette just deep enough to suck up plenty of liquid. The bonus is that you only have to wash one ice pop mold, rather than eight different cups! I also use this ice pop mold for regular watercolor projects as well, which is where this picture came from.
- Spray the whole can of shaving cream into a shallow bucket. I used a dishpan bucket.
- Let your child pour the Pop Rock candy on top of the shaving cream.
- Stir the rock candy into the shaving cream, and listen to it crackle! We used a long wooden spoon for this step. Some kids would rather use their hands to mix it all together, and that’s okay too! My daughter doesn’t like getting shaving cream on her hands, so we opted for stirring instead. For a video of the crackling sounds, click here to check out my Instagram account, where I shared a few videos of this activity.
- After my daughter stirred everything together, I wanted to add a bit more fun to the activity, so I let her use plastic pipettes to squeeze colored water on top of the shaving cream, which led to even more crackling action. My daughter loves using plastic pipettes, and I love that using pipettes strengthens her fingers!
- When your child is done squeezing color onto the shaving cream, you have four choices. 1) Clean up. 2) Let your child have fun putting their hands into the colored shaving cream. If you choose this option, you might want to provide a large bucket of water too, because your child will probably want to wash their hands off frequently. This is when you would want to move the activity outside! Also, beware that their hands will get stained. 3) Have fun stirring the shaving cream with a long wooden spoon, and watch the colors swirl until it turns into a big murky mess. 4) Create beautiful marbled prints. To make marbled prints, just run a skewer through the shaving cream to create color swirls. Then gently press a piece of paper on top of the shaving cream, peel it up, place it on a level surface, and scrape it with a piece of cardboard, or a squeegee. We chose option number three, because It was time for my daughter to take a nap, and I was ready to wrap the activity up.
- Clean up. Just wash all of your materials in the sink, and wipe off your table. If you place your colored water on top of a tray, or cookie sheet like I did, you will have even less of a mess to wipe up!
I hope you enjoyed this week’s Try It Tuesday activity as much as my daughter, and I did! Go grab some shaving cream, and Pop Rocks, and have fun. Don’t forget to check in next week to see what we have in store for our next Try It Tuesday activity.