I do enjoy Bev Bos! That woman is in a league of her own! Well, it’s thanks to Bev that I’ve learned the secret to great shaving cream painting! In the past, I’ve had children paint with colored shaving cream, and they’ve had a great experience, but unless they spread the foam out, once that foam’s dry, it all seems to fall apart. Enter Bev. Her big secret is to add equal parts Elmer’s glue and shaving cream and whip them together. Then add your color and you’re good to go!
One of the best kinds of fingerpaints ever! (Great with brushes too for the mess-avoidant child.) You can add glitter right to it, or let the little ones sprinkle it on top. It’s still fragile after it dries, but it does hold it’s shape- and the sparkles- much better than shaving cream alone!
It’s a great sensory activity, creative activity, and small motor activity. And really, it’s just plain fun! Who can walk past a pot of colorful foam and not want to join in? And as I look at these projects, and think of Bev Bos, I’m reminded of her statement, “children have to use too much”. It’s not a judgemental statement, it’s a reminder of the exuberance with which they approach art. So be prepared to supply them with “too much” of your art supplies! In fact, I’ve learned that when given a shaker of glitter, the typical child will empty it entirely onto one piece of paper. It doesn’t really seem to matter whether the shaker had .8 oz or 18 oz! So I now use a smaller amount in the shakers (or smaller shakers) and refill them if needed for the next child. That way, each child can have the satisfaction of emptying the container! ♥