Shaving Cream on the Window

 
 
 
Play with shaving cream on the window. A sensory activity that doubles as writing/pre-writing practice!

(E was 28 months old.)

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How it worked for us:

E got very excited when I got out the shaving cream but when I put it on the window, she seemed taken aback.

For a couple of minutes, she’d gingerly touch the shaving cream but not really get into it. It almost seemed like she was unsure if this activity would be alright {even though I was encouraging her}.

 

Play with shaving cream on the window. A sensory activity that doubles as writing/pre-writing practice!
 

After a while, she warmed up to the idea, and once I’d smeared the shaving cream around the window a bit, she really got into it.

 

Play with shaving cream on the window. A sensory activity that doubles as writing/pre-writing practice!
 
 
Play with shaving cream on the window. A sensory activity that doubles as writing/pre-writing practice!
 
 
Play with shaving cream on the window. A sensory activity that doubles as writing/pre-writing practice!

 

She did want to wipe off her hands frequently but I had a towel ready, and E always went right back to the window.

 

Play with shaving cream on the window. A sensory activity that doubles as writing/pre-writing practice!
 
 
Play with shaving cream on the window. A sensory activity that doubles as writing/pre-writing practice!

 

She tested the towel on the window for a bit {she got some of the shaving cream on our curtains but it wiped right off and didn’t leave a residue}

 

Play with shaving cream on the window. A sensory activity that doubles as writing/pre-writing practice!

 

then started making marks with just her index finger.

 

Play with shaving cream on the window. A sensory activity that doubles as writing/pre-writing practice!
 

To extend the activity a bit, I wrote some letters she knows in the shaving cream, and she happily scribbled over and around them.

 

Play with shaving cream on the window. A sensory activity that doubles as writing/pre-writing practice!
 
 
Play with shaving cream on the window. A sensory activity that doubles as writing/pre-writing practice!
 

When it was time for clean-up, I simply wiped off the shaving cream with a towel, and the window was clean again {or at least it wasn’t any dirtier than it had been before 😉 }.






What I learned:

  • I found it interesting that E seemed to know that you’re not usually supposed to put shaving cream on the window, and that it took her a while to get comfortable with the activity.
  • The light shining through (no sun, unfortunately) and the smooth, cold surface of the window made for quite a different sensory experience.






Additional suggestions:

  • Put shaving cream on a mirror.
  • Add paint to the shaving cream, or paint on the shaving cream “canvas”.
  • Use paintbrushes, chopsticks, or other implements to write/draw in the shaving cream.






Inspiration:

I actually saw Draw with Shaving Cream on the Mirror on The Artful Parent, which gave me the idea to try it on the window. I apparently missed that at the bottom of the article, there’s a link to them doing it on the window as well 😉

 

 

 

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