This shaving cream sensory activity is fun to do any time of the year, but it’s especially fun for St. Patrick’s Day. Your kids will love to go on a treasure hunt for the pot of gold using this great tactile sensory activity. Just to warn you… it can get a bit messy! But oh it is so worth it AND I have few tips to keep the mess minimal (messy is GOOD, but cleaning is no bueno). Read all about the benefits of sensory play here. I was actually surprised with my daughter’s reaction to this activity. (I’ll explain why later in this post). In this post, you will find the simple steps on how to prepare this activity and tips on how to minimize the mess.
Supplies You Need
- Shallow bin
- green food coloring
- metal coins or really any safe objects/toys for your kids to find
- Shaving cream
Tips on How to Minimize the Mess
- Have a bowl of water close by to wash hands
- do it in the bathtub or in the sink
- place the sensory bin in the bigger bin
- towel under the sensory bin
- Do it on the cleared table or floor
- Pour the coins in the shallow bin
- Spray desired amount of shaving cream in the bin
- **OPTIONAL: drop 1-3 drops of green coloring and mix
- Prepare a bowl of water and shaving cream sensory bin on towel
- Have your child search through the shaving cream for coins and transfer it to the water bowl
- HAVE FUN!
My Daughter’s Surprising Reaction
I was so excited to do this activity with my 20-months-old daughter because I thought she would love feeling the smooth shaving cream and playing with it with her hands. But that wasn’t the case…
I got everything set up on the floor and called her over. My daughter sat beside me and I waited to see what she would do. I was expecting her to dive into exploring, but she was hesitant to touch the shaving cream. Then, I explained and demonstrated how to search for the coin and pick it out and put in the bowl of water.
Finally, she reached out to grab a coin that was peeking out of the shaving cream and her curious face changed into a grossed out face as she shook her hands to shake off the shaving cream! I was so surprised because she loved playing with similar texture like the foamy soap. I guess shaving cream is just new to her. The smell is new. The touch is new, The green coloring looking cloud is new.
What I do to solve the problem?
I had her use a wooden spoon to dig out the coins and put them in the water bowl. She liked playing with the coins in the water. 🙂 She played with this activity for a while and I had fun with her! I’m definitely going to do this activity again next year. Maybe she will like to play with shaving cream then? We shall see. 🙂
All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children. As your child’s parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family. I always encourage contacting your child’s pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies). Observe caution and safety at all times. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.