Kids LOVE to make a mess! And don’t we know it (wink, wink). So why not combine sensory learning with messy play to give your kids a silly and fun way of playing? Shaving cream sensory activities for kids gives children a hands-on approach to learning, exploring, and developing important skills. But if you’re the one afraid of the mess (and yes, that’s most of us parents), well let’s just say “embrace it”! Prepare yourself that this will be messy, but it will be so worth it! Your kids will absolutely love this list of our favorite 12 shaving cream activities for kids. Bathing suits and a hose are not optional.
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Shaving cream is just the best!
Shaving cream is truly one of the best way to get your toddler’s hands involved in sensory play. And sensory play is so important for kids as they explore, develop and grow. As adults, we know that shaving cream gives our skin a soft, smooth feel. But for kids, it is so much more. Shaving cream makes for such a squishy and fun way to play!
Who knew you could do so many things with shaving cream?!
- Color mixing
- Fine motor development
- Science exploration
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What’s the best way to set up shaving cream sensory play?
Using a sensory bin is the best way to set your toddler up for success with shaving cream sensory play. Sensory bins provide a contained and safe space for your preschooler to play and explore!
If you’re new to sensory bins, I got you! Setting up a sensory bin is simple and easy. You need a few essentials to build a sensory bin, which you can grab the next time you are aimlessly strolling the Target aisles.
Once you are set up with a sensory bin, shaving cream sensory activities for kids will be a breeze! Well, it will be a mess. But at least it will be a contained mess!
PRO TIP: Don’t forget your liner! Use a shower curtain, towel, or yoga mat to create a buffer zone and protect your floors and space.
12 shaving cream sensory activities for kids
Let your kids get messy with this smooshy, squishy, playful list of shaving cream activities for kids!
Glow in the Dark Shaving Cream Sensory Play (Where Imagination Grows)
Let your little one’s senses experience the magic as you create bright and colorful glow in the dark shaving cream to use for the ultimate sensory play experience!
Get into the Halloween spirit using shaving cream to play with your child’s favorite spooky toys. Let your little ones hide, scoop and explore with this messy sensory play idea this fall!
Painting with Shaving Cream: Outdoor Art for Kids (Happy Hooligans)
Your kids will LOVE creating beautiful artwork using vibrantly colored shaving cream with this messy (outdoor) painting activity!
Rainbow Shaving Cream Marbled Art (Hello, Wonderful)
Make beautiful art with your toddler in the most fun and messy way using shaving cream and paint to create rainbow marbled art.
Grab a bottle of shaving cream and some blocks for your kids to build messy towers and buildings with. We love doing this sensory activity using foam blocks, but any will work! Practice shape awareness and recognition as a bonus while problem solving and building during this cute messy sensory idea.
For all your LEGO loving kids, this shaving cream sensory idea using LEGO’s will leave your toddlers, preschoolers and big kids with lots of new, messy and creative builds!
Is your preschooler into all things vehicles and transportation? Let them get messy as they drive, race and crash their cars in shaving cream!
Shaving Cream Color Mixing Sensory Bag (Best Toys 4 Toddlers
Don’t want to pull out the sensory bin? Make a sensory bag! This mess-free shaving cream sensory activity for toddlers will help your little ones experiment with color mixing without all the mess. Genius!
Calling all Paw Patrol obsessed kids! Give your toddlers a whole new way of playing with their pups using shaving cream in a sensory bin.
Whether your toddler loves baking or building, this shaving cream cake decoration idea is a fun way to develop pretend play and imagination!
Shaving Cream Sight Word Game (Happy Toddler Playtime)
Learning can be both messy and fun! Use shaving cream to help your preschooler and big kids develop reading and writing skills as they uncover sight words.
Shaving Cream Writing (Gift of Curiosity)
Help your preschooler practice their pre-writing skills and letter recognition using shaving cream with this messy hands-on shaving cream writing activity.
Keep shaving cream sensory play simple and fun!
Shaving cream is easy and wildly fun to play and explore with for toddlers, preschoolers, and big kids! Don’t avoid the fun because you’re afraid of the mess. So whether it’s the next rainy day or not, pull out the sensory bin and bottle of shaving cream for fun and creativity. Embrace the messiness and let your kids learn and grow through shaving cream sensory play with these fun and fluffy ideas!
Big Kid Activity Cards
Because our big kids crave hands-on learning too!
20 hands-on activities for ages 5.5-8 years old. More than half of the ideas inside this pack will be kept exclusively for cardholders! This means you will never find most ideas here on our blog.
Shaving cream FAQ
You can set up sensory play quick and easy with a few essentials. Use a sensory bin to create a safe space for your child to explore while containing the mess. And don’t forget a liner to create a buffer zone to protect the floors and space around the bin.
Shaving cream is a great way to engage in sensory play because it is fun and messy to touch. There are lots of different ways to use shaving cream in sensory play such as building, painting and practicing pre-writing skills.
There are so many fun and creative ways to use shaving cream for sensory play. Mix shaving cream with legos for building, food coloring for painting, and toys for good old sensory exploration.