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.
- 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