Whilst trying to take on the mammoth task of sorting out my craft supplies I came across 2 cans of shaving cream that I bought years ago and decided it was time to try some shaving cream process art.
Process art is, where the focus is on the actual doing and making rather than the end product, is perfect for toddlers and preschools. It allows them to freely explore the materials in their own way with no pressure to create a finished end product.
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With the Little Tots ready in their painting aprons I let them help set this up. Give the cans of shaving cream a good shake and spray into the spray. It took 2 cans to fill the tuff spot roughly although I think we’d already previously used one of them for something else so it wasn’t full.
Then squirt different coloured paints on top and add some paint scrapers or other tools and you’re ready to go.
This looked so inviting that even I couldn’t wait to get stuck in! Jack opted straight to using hands to feel the shaving cream and mix it around with the paint whilst the others were a little more reserved to start off with and went for the paint scrapers.
Shaving cream is such a fun sensory medium, it feels incredibly soft and silky, we used a sensitive one but it’s always best to check for allergies first.
I’m so glad we did this messy play outdoors as they were covered head to foot by the end, Jack even had it in his hair and it was on the shed!
Before the colours mix together into unrecognisable colours you could press down a piece of paper or card and press it down lightly on top of the cream to capture the pattern underneath.
The tools allowed them to make lots of different marks in the shaving cream as well as using their fingers. We had a go at making lines, circles and older children could practice forming letters or even their name.
The colours quickly mixed together to make a really bright and beautiful tuff spot….but 10 minutes later it was a different story. It turned into a big brown mess and they were covered up to their armpits…which just made them giggle and squeal in delight. If it was a warmer day I would’ve hosed them down, instead, we made do with a tub of water before I let them anywhere near the house again.
So if you do decide to try this one out make sure you’re prepared, painting aprons and something to help the clean up after is essential….and don’t say I didn’t warn you about the mess!