Shaving Cream Puffy Paint
This was one of E’s very first shaving cream activities! As you’ll see, she had a blast with this Shaving Cream Puffy Paint – just one of many enjoyable afternoons playing with shaving cream 🙂
(E was 2 years and 3 months old)
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Materials for Making Shaving Cream Puffy Paint:
- Heavier paper.
- Shaving cream.
- White glue.
- Food coloring or tempera paint or liquid watercolors.
How to make Shaving Cream Puffy Paint:
Mix shaving cream with glue and food coloring or paint (we used tempera paint). Make sure the shaving cream retains its “puffiness”, and don’t stir too hard. I was still able to use more tempera and mix more thoroughly than for our Marbled Hearts or Colored Shaving Cream – the odd white streak remained but once E was done with it, it hardly showed up on the finished product.
This was another 3-in-1 activity for us: Painting, sensory exploration, and a bath activity for clean-up. It worked out very similarly to when we made Marbled Hearts – E just can’t resist the texture of shaving cream 😉
She started out with one of the paintbrushes I’d provided but soon switched to the “two full hands” school of painting.
She tried a dry paintbrush somewhere along the way but it was really a finger painting kind of day.
The puffy paint while E was still working on her painting:
Full on sensory painting:
The finished picture:
Part 3 of our activity: The bath. E remembered from last time and put the plate full of paint into the bathtub right away. The water turned really red:
A close-up of the dry paint after about 18 hours:
We did this as a Valentine’s activity, so I cut two hearts from E’s painting once it had dried. When I asked E where she wanted to hang them up, she pointed at the window – she wanted them right next to our Stained Glass Heart! Before you ask – yes, she stuck them on the window herself 😉
What I learned:
Shaving cream activities always seem to be quite enjoyable and messy for us 😉
- Use different colors.
- Use paintbrushes or sponges for a different painting experience.
- Put the paint in a baggy, cut off a corner and pipe it on the paper for extra puffiness.
- Check out our article on Microwave Puffy Paint for a different spin on this idea that doesn’t use shaving cream.
Have you painted with shaving cream puffy paint? What’s your favorite shaving cream activity? Tell me in the comments!
Here are a few more shaving cream activities your kids may enjoy:
Painting on Shaving Cream on the Window
Puffy Snowmen with Shaving Cream and Glue
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Love the photo with it all over her face. 🙂
She really really loves shaving cream 😉 Thanks for stopping by, Allison!
I did this with my preschool classroom, but I left it white. We used dark blue and black construction paper and painted snowmen and snow scenes. Stuck on buttons and foam shapes. They all turned out beautiful and the children were so proud of their finished work!
That’s really cool! We actually made Puffy Snowmen ourselves this year – didn’t use buttons or foam shapes, though, but I’ll be sure to hold that thought for next year!
I did this with the children in my home daycare but we made ice cream cones. We used sand paper triangles for the cone and then scooped globs of the puffy paint on top, then added a red pompom for a cherry on top! Kids loved it and they were super cute!
Oh, that sounds really cute 🙂 So glad the kids (and you!) enjoyed it so much!
That is so cute! We made puffy paint with just shaving cream and glue and made snowmen using them one year. After they dried the boys glued buttons and paper scarves onto them.
Awesome! That’s similar to what Sugeiry did above, love the idea. We still haven’t tried it ourselves – but there’s still plenty of winter left, so we may just get around to it one of these days 😉
This looks like fun – the messier the better with little kids 🙂
Thank you, it definitely was a blast 🙂