Water Beads and Shaving Cream in the Play Pool

 
 
 
 
Make a really BIG sensory bin and put your materials in the play pool!

(E was 32 months old.)





You’ll need:

  • Water beads.
  • Shaving cream.
  • Play pool {or by all means downsize and use a plastic bin}.
  • Ladle, spoon or other tools (optional).



 

How it worked for us:

I expected this to get really really messy.

E LOVES shaving cream and has covered herself with it on more than one occasion when we were using it for art projects {like our Marbled Hearts and Shaving Cream Puffy Paint activities}.

This time, E decided to focus more on the water beads than the shaving cream, and it turned out to be quite a low mess activity. {Read about our Toothbrush Painting activity that I expected to be SO messy, and then it wasn’t at all.}

I set out the shaving cream and water beads on a tray in the play pool.

 

Set up with water beads and shaving cream.
 

E climbed right in and reached for the water beads.

 

Sitting in the play pool.
 

Next thing I knew, she asked for some water – well, there should be water in a play pool, duh Mama 😉 And while I was at it, she wanted a spoon, as well.

She dumped the water beads into the shaving cream, then got to work on it with the ladle I’d brought her in a addition to a spoon.

 

Water Beads in Shaving Cream.
 
 
Stirring the water beads around.
 
 
Loading up her ladle.
 

She informed me that she was cooking and offered me a taste.

 

Yummy shaving cream soup.
 

She played with the shaving cream a little bit but never really got into it as much as I’d thought she would. She was more interested in the water beads.

{I ended up dumping the contents of the tray into the play pool when E started to lose interest.}

 

Sticking her hand in the shaving cream.
 
 
Exploring the shaving cream a bit.
 
 
Found a water bead!
 
 
More exploration.
 
 
Digging for water beads.
 
 
There's one!
 

She wiped her hands on a towel a lot, or washed them off in the bowl that still had a little bit of water in it.

 

Washing her hands.
 

E did end up taking her clothes off and asking for her swimsuit when her clothes got a bit of shaving cream and water on them but that was shortly before she was done with this activity.

 

Mixing the paint some more.



 

What I learned:

  • It’s a lot more relaxing to be prepared for a major mess, then have your toddler decide to not make it than the other way around 😉
  • Presentation does make a difference, and the initial set up on the tray may have been a bit too tame.



 

Additional suggestions:

  • Add more water.
  • Add more tools and/or containers.



 

Inspiration:

I loved Learn Play Imagine’s Outdoor Shaving Cream Play Pool activity  and added some water beads because E loves them.



 

 

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