Shaving Cream

Shaving Cream

Location: indoor or outdoor

Materials: flat surface, shaving cream, aprons or smocks, props of your choosing

Shaving cream is a great sensory activity for young children and has a lot of flexibility for what direction you take it in to work on either fine motor, gross motor, or both!

Squeeze out a healthy amount of shaving cream in front of each child and invite them to explore however they want. As a bonus-- if you do this directly on a table you'll notice how clean it is after you clean up, the shaving cream will take off all sorts of stains.

Possible Extensions:

  • For children practicing their letters or numbers, invite them to practice in the shaving cream
  • For younger children that are not yet making letters or numbers have them practice making basic shapes (square, rectangle, circle, oval, etc.)
  • Add in a few drops of food coloring to turn this into a color mixing activity
  • Include other toys with the shaving cream -- dinosaurs could be playing in the snow, cars can be driven through it, paint brushes can be used to paint with it
  • Make it collaborative! Challenge kids to coat the entire surface with the shaving cream.

What We're Learning

  • sensory integration
  • fine and gross motor development (shoulder, arm, wrist, hand, finger strength)
  • emotional regulation
  • crossing the midline
  • language and communication
  • creative expression