It is no secret that this shaving cream sensory play got messy. Ever since my oldest began Kindergarten, it has been a strong reminder that the older kids get, the less time they have to play. Shaving cream sensory play is certainly not happening at school.
And so, with that, I have vowed to get messy, have my kids go elbow-deep in exploring substances, and make memories that we will all laugh about on their wedding day. Will it be this shaving cream messy play? Only time will tell. But let’s start here.
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I call this, Decorate the Birthday Cake.
Here’s what I know about my four-year-old:
- He loves creating with his hands.
- He will fall deep into pretend play with several sensory materials.
- Sensory play and sensory bin help calm him down.
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Can toddlers play with shaving cream?
Shaving cream is not edible and cannot be used without supervision. I watch my toddler close and keep his hands out of his face. When I notice shaving cream on his face, I immediately grab a wet towel and wipe it off.
Again, closely examine the ingredients and decide if shaving cream sensory play is a good fit for your toddler. If shaving cream is not something you want your toddler to try, you can paint instead!
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Setting up shaving cream sensory play
This cake-decorating messy play is a win. You will most likely already have the supplies needed to get started. (I also made this roundup of cardboard box activities so you can put the Amazon purchases to good use)
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- Find a cardboard box. Here, I covered the box with paper bags from the grocery store.
- Place shaving cream to the left of the cardboard box. – aka the cake
- Place shaving cream on the side of the box and top of the cardboard box.
- A great book to accompany this messy play is Not a Box.
- Add something you may already own, like these large preschool shape buttons. If you don’t have any buttons, you know the counting bears make a colorful substitute!
Cleaning up messy sensory play
Here are three simple steps for cleanup:
- Pull the workspace out into the driveway and hose everything down, including my four-year-old.
- Leave the buttons out in the sun to dry.
- Change your preschooler’s clothes, and toss the messy clothes into the wash.
Cleanup is much easier than it looks and can sometimes lend itself right to water play. So basically, you can get another 30 minutes of hands-on learning after this is done. (win!)
More ways to play with shaving cream
Shaving cream sensory play is a blast! Here are a few other ways we play with shaving cream.
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Use a cardboard box to make 1.ABC bingo 2. Box tree 3. Cardboard name builds 4. Coin Bank 5.DIY cardboard game 6.DIY Track 7. Drive and drop cardboard road box 8. Easy painting activity 9. Giant Tic-Tac-Toe 10. Jingle bell cardboard box drop 11. Jumbo movement dice 12. Make a robot costume 13. Movement cube 14. Outdoor chalk game with cardboard dice 15. Pick a color 16. Shaving cream box cake 17. Tissue paper art 18. Wash the socks 19. Weaving with cardboard for kids
The main thing I consider with sensory bins is texture. I use it as an opportunity to introduce new objects that taste safe and are not a choking hazard depending on my child’s age and stage. Our favorite sensory fillers are beans, water, rocks, and kinetic sand (not taste-safe).
Want to skip shaving cream? Try using whip cream or Cool Whip!