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A Fun Project for Kids: Shaving Cream Painting

Updated on October 8, 2013

Kids Love It!

Shaving cream painting is an incredibly fun activity for a rainy day. Kids will love having the chance to get their hands dirty and make some beautiful prints. I have done this with my kids on many occasions and even did it with my youngest son's entire kindergarten class! All the children loved the process and the results!

Finished Heart Picture!
Finished Heart Picture!

Everything You Need

You will need several items set up before you start...

  • An old pan
  • Shaving cream, regular foam, unscented if possible
  • Multiple colors of liquid food dye
  • Toothpicks
  • Water color paper
  • Rubber/plastic spatula
  • Lots and lots of paper towels

Try to keep all your items close by and don't stray too far from the sink!

Warning: This project is extremely Messy!


Getting Started

The first step in Shaving Cream Painting is to fill your pan with shaving cream and smooth it out with the spatula. With a toothpick, outline your design and then add a few drops of each food dye color you want to use. Then use your toothpick to swirl the colors through your outline. When you are satisfied, lay your paper flat over the top of the shaving cream and press lightly.

Swirling the Colors
Swirling the Colors

Finishing the Print

After you gently peel your paper out of the shaving cream pan, use the spatula to scrape the remaining shaving cream off your print. You can wipe it with a paper towel if necessary. The prints dry relatively quick and then you can display them however you choose!

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