Looking for a sensory activity that will get your kids’ attention? Spray some shaving cream into your sensory bin. The sight and sound of that alone will get them running!
Add some colored salt shakers and paintbrushes or spoons (for those who are a little less eager to dive in with their hands). Let the children shake and mix to create colorful billows of foam. Soon, they’ll begin experimenting with color mixing, adding a new dimension to the activity! Be sure to have the children wear smocks as they will be so engaged in this activity they will likely not know where their hands end and their shirts begin!
This sensory activity builds motor skills as children manipulate the tools in the shaving cream. They also build language skills as they describe their observations of color and texture. Don’t forget those social skills as they use the activity together and help clean up!
Here’s a tip! To keep the shaving cream from ending up everywhere, remind the children to keep the shaving cream inside the bin (checkout these tips for setting limits in sensory play). When it comes time to clean up, ask the children to “shave” the cream off each hand with their other hand, scraping it back into the bin. They’ll still need to wash up at the sink, but at least you won’t have a creamy trail all the way there!