Kids love to paint, and this activity gives them a unique sensory experience. The shaving cream “paint” has a 3-D quality, making it luxurious to spread across any surface. If the kids get their hands dirty, the “paint” feels soft and fluffy to the touch.
This is what you’ll need:
- Shaving cream (the cheap, generic white kind, not the gel)
- Cookie sheets (optional, but makes for easy clean-up)
- Paint brushes
- Large craft sticks
- Watercolor paper
- Small bowls, cups or containers
- Colorations® Liquid Watercolor™
- Spray bottles
Step 1 – Prep the “Paint”:
You can set out the paint in egg cartons, individual cups or bowls, or in a cheap chip-and-dip tray (seen here). Squeeze out some shaving cream into each compartment. Then, spray each shaving cream “cloud” with a few spritzes of Liquid Watercolor™.
*Tips for parents: This is a fun step to do with the kids. They can use their hands to press the button on the shaving cream or to squeeze the trigger on the spray bottle, practicing their motor skills.
Step 2 – Explore the Material:
Give your child a paint brush and watch as he or she digs into the paint. Show kids how they can paint on a cookie sheet or a piece of paper.
*Tips for parents: Let kids get their hands as dirty as possible. This is a great sensory experience. If your child isn’t all that into painting with the product, move on to the next step.
Step 3 – Scooping and Mixing:
The beauty of this paint is that it stands up to the use your kids will put it through. Give kids spoons or scoops, as well as a variety of containers, and watch as they scoop and mix the material.
*Tips for parents: You can add more color any time you want. Use primary colors to help introduce kids to the idea of color mixing.
Step 4 – Make Marbled Paper:
You can use shaving cream paint to make beautiful paper to use for a future art project. Spoon some shaving cream onto a cookie sheet and spray different areas with different colors of watercolor paint, as in the following photo.
Lay a piece of watercolor paper over the shaving cream and press uniformly on the surface of the paper, then peel it off.
*Tips for parents: Save the marbleized paper for pretty spring crafts. Cut it into flower shapes and make a garland, or use it to make cards for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or end-of-the-year school gifts.
Product Recommendations from Discount School Supply®: Colorations® Plastic Handle Jumbo Chubby Paint Brushes, set of 12 (BTPB) Jumbo Wood Craft Sticks, 500 pieces (NJUMBO) Real Watercolor Paper, 50 sheets (PMONET) Colorations® Liquid Watercolor™, set of 18 (LW18) Extra Large Clear Trigger Sprayers, set of 6 (TSBOT)