Rainbow Shaving Cream on the Mirror

A few days ago, E asked to do a shaving cream activity.

Cathy James’ new ebook Super Sensory Invitations to Play had just come out, and when I’d flipped through it earlier, I’d seen a fabulous Rainbow Shaving Cream activity. When I asked E if she wanted to try it, she was very excited, and we had to do it RIGHT AWAY!

For some added fun, I brought out the mirror to work on.

 

Rainbow Shaving Cream on the Mirror - art, sensory play, and tons of fun!

(E was 4 years and 8 months old.)

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Materials for Rainbow Shaving Cream on the Mirror

 

I provided E with a few tools because prior to this activity, she’d been hesitant about touching shaving cream {and other sensory materials that cover her hands} for a while. I randomly pulled out a wooden spoon, a plastic fork, and a chopstick. Use whatever you have on hand, or if you know your kids will dive right into the shaving cream, just skip tools altogether.

After E had spent some time arranging the paint bottles in rainbow order, she sprayed the shaving cream on the mirror.

It’s a pretty big mirror, and we used about 1.5 cans of shaving cream. Feel free to use a smaller mirror or not cover it completely.

 

Rainbow Shaving Cream on the Mirror - art, sensory play, and tons of fun!

 

After she’d added blobs of paint in rainbow colors to the middle of the shaving cream canvas, she decided to use the wooden spoon to smooth out the shaving cream on the side of the mirror, away from the paint.

 

Rainbow Shaving Cream on the Mirror - art, sensory play, and tons of fun!

 

She chose a chopstick next and started to swirl the purple paint into the surrounding shaving cream.

 

Rainbow Shaving Cream on the Mirror - art, sensory play, and tons of fun!

 

Things got a bit wilder after that, but she was still using the chopstick. So pretty!

 

Rainbow Shaving Cream on the Mirror - art, sensory play, and tons of fun!

 

When the original blobs of paint had all been swirled together, E decided to add some more paint. She didn’t care about rainbow order at this point 😉

 

Rainbow Shaving Cream on the Mirror - art, sensory play, and tons of fun!

 

I went to get some watercolor paper because the swirls reminded me of the marbled shaving cream crafts we’ve made over the years {like Marbled Christmas Trees, Marbled Hearts or Marbled Pumpkins}. E took a break from swirling the new paint to make a print.

 

Rainbow Shaving Cream on the Mirror - art, sensory play, and tons of fun!

 

Awesome!

 

Rainbow Shaving Cream on the Mirror - art, sensory play, and tons of fun!

 

I couldn’t resist the rainbow shaving cream either and tried out the plastic fork that E had skipped over. It was pretty fun!

 

Rainbow Shaving Cream on the Mirror - art, sensory play, and tons of fun!

 

E wanted to make another print in the spot where she’d added more paint. She pushed really hard for this one 😉

 

Rainbow Shaving Cream on the Mirror - art, sensory play, and tons of fun!

 

Rainbow Shaving Cream on the Mirror - art, sensory play, and tons of fun!

 

After this print, she put another piece of watercolor paper in the same spot – and then she suddenly decided that it was time for sensory play!

 

Rainbow Shaving Cream on the Mirror - art, sensory play, and tons of fun!

 

She started out with both hands in the rainbow shaving cream and even ended up spreading the shaving cream all over her arms. Here’s a little snippet from that phase of the activity:

 

 

 

After this, she decided to put both feet in there {this was really slippery, but she stayed on her feet}

 

Rainbow Shaving Cream on the Mirror - art, sensory play, and tons of fun!

 

and amused herself with shaving cream footprints both on paper and on the tiles.

 

Rainbow Shaving Cream on the Mirror - art, sensory play, and tons of fun!

 

Yep, looks like she’s starting to get over her reluctance to touch shaving cream 🙂

While we were cleaning up {fairly easy thanks to all the shaving cream!}, E suddenly said “You always have the best ideas, Mama! I really love doing activities with you!” ♥ ♥ ♥

 

Do your kids enjoy playing with shaving cream? Have you tried using a mirror for sensory activities? Leave a comment below!

 

Here are a few more shaving cream activities you may like:

 

Shaving Cream Puffy Paint

Rainbow Shaving Cream Paint on the Mirror (similar to this one, but actually totally different)

Foam Dough Sensory Play

Baking Soda, Vinegar, and Shaving Cream

 


 

 

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