Shaving Cream Play

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What do you do when its the first day after spring break and the kids are not quite into “school”?

You bring out a bottle of shaving cream of course!

I’ve been wanting to bring shaving cream out as sensory play activity for quite some time.  I even bought some shaving cream especially for the purpose of play. 

So when my suggested school activity turned into a complete meltdown I decided to stop for snack time, mostly to give myself time to cool down.  After we had snack I  asked “"do you guys want to do something messy?”  Their eyes immediately lit up and they started making suggestions as to what sort of messy activity we should do.  I suggested shaving cream.  They were unsure at first, but went with it. 

We got out their trays and I asked them to take their shirts off.  I gave them each a squirt of shaving cream and let them muck around.

After a couple of minutes I added two colours of food colouring to each tray for them to mix in.

Wavy spent a lot of time just watching her sisters and not touching.

but eventually she dove in too.

My job in the whole process was to keep spraying more shaving cream and gather the requested tools.  We used spoons, rolling pins, plastic containers and even a little glitter.

When I saw this happening…

… I asked if she really wanted to do that.  When she said yes, I stripped them down and we moved it to the bathtub where they covered themselves in shaving cream from head to toe. 

When they were finished we just showered it all away.  Their time in the tub also gave me a chance to clean up the kitchen so we were ready for lunch by the time they came out, sparkling clean.

Really, a much better way to spend the morning.

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