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Shaving Cream Activities and Projects for Kids

Updated on June 6, 2014

Shaving Cream Arts and Crafts

You've probably got a can of it in your bathroom, but did you know that shaving cream is a great arts and crafts medium for preschoolers and toddlers? Children love the cool, smooth feel of shaving cream, the malleability of it and the way it disappears through the fingers.

Children can write and draw in shaving cream. Shaving cream is easy to clean up and safe for children (just provide common-sense supervision and use the non-mentholated, sensitive-skin type of shaving cream to avoid skin and eye irritation). You can add paint to give shaving cream some color. You can even add glue to if for a 3-D, puffy paint effect. Read on for ideas to turn that can of shaving cream into fun and learning.

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Spray some shaving cream on a table and let your child play in it. This is the simplest way to enjoy shaving cream, yet it offers many ways to sneak in some learning. After the initial squeezing of the shaving cream through fingers and piling it high on the table, your toddler will probably spread it fairly evenly as far as he can reach. This is when the drawing begins. Drawing or writing in shaving cream on a flat surface has several things going for it. First is the novelty factor. How often does a child get to spray foam all over the table and play in it? Second, there is no writing utensil for little fingers to worry about--no worries about gripping too tight or too loose, to high or too low, which fingers to put where on the pencil. The child just uses his finger directly to write in the shaving cream. Third, what is written or drawn in shaving cream is easy to erase. Mistakes are gone and forgotten in an instant, and you don't go through sheets and sheets of paper.

Most children will happily draw lines and squiggles, maybe even a happy face or a flower. Sometimes letting your little one play is all you'll want to do, but at other times you might want to get involved and give the play some direction. Here are some fun and educational ideas. Vote for the ones you like or want to try, and feel free to add ideas of your own.

Note: For easier cleanup, or for children with sensory issues who don't like messy hands, try these activities with the shaving cream in a ziploc bag. (Note on the note: I found a page with many other ziploc bag activities.)

Shaving Cream Arts & Crafts

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Shaving Cream Art - The Swirl - Marbled Paper with Shaving Cream

Here's a quick video of someone marbling paper with shaving cream and paint.

Shaving Cream Arts and Crafts Ideas - Shaving cream fun for toddlers and preschoolers

The basic recipe for shaving cream puffy paint is one part shaving cream, one part white glue, and paint or food coloring. If you are making more than one color, mix, the shaving cream and glue first. Then divide and add the colors. Paint it on thick!

Shaving Cream Puffy Paint - A Muddy Pig

Shaving Cream Puffy Paint - A Muddy Pig
Shaving Cream Puffy Paint - A Muddy Pig

Let's Play with Shaving Cream! - Share your ideas for fun and learning with shaving cream.

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      Jeremy 5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @yogolinda: May I ask why? I've used it with kids many times without a problem.

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      yogolinda 5 years ago

      i would say is not very appropriate for kids usage..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: As long as they don't eat it they are fine. I have my students play with shaving cream and use it in activities all the time and they love it. You just have to be a responsible adult and watch them as they use it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Why does it say "keep out of reach of children" on the dispenser ?- probably because its full of toxins

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      Miha Gasper 6 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Using shaving cream for drawing on glass can be great fun but I noticed some kids don't like it. So it is good to have backup plan for them!

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      BestMensSkinCar1 6 years ago

      will try some of these with my kids

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      StoveM 6 years ago

      Good idea. Cheap and fun.

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      LoneMeadowLark 6 years ago

      I used to work at a daycare. We did the puffy paint and would let the kids play at the tables with shaving cream. It made my day a little easier because the kids loved it! Plus, the room smelled nice for hours after.

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      nsixx99 6 years ago

      How inventive I will have to try this with my toddler, thanks!

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      iWriteaLot 6 years ago

      Hmmmmm.... spending Christmas with the grandkids. Might have to try this. Thanks for the tips!

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      PocketfulofParis 6 years ago

      fun! i loved playing with shaving cream as a child!

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      Donnette Davis 6 years ago from South Africa

      FUN FUN FUN FUNNNNNNNNNNNNNN - thank you for sharing.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Love the muddy pig, it's more realistic than actual paint. Fun lens.

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      This has just got to be fun for children. All right then, and some adults. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very creative idea on having fun with shaving cream. We used to pull pranks between friends during college, using shaving cream. Reminded me of that! :)

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      Jeremy 6 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @moonlitta: I'm not following you there, Moonlitta. Maybe it's because I never watched Twin Peaks. But thanks for stopping by!

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      Like they said in Twin Peaks, the owls are not what they seem. So is the shaving cream...:)

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      Senora M 7 years ago

      Good idea! I need to get some out to play with my boys. They would love it (and probably try to eat it). :)

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      Jeremy 7 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @SpellOutloud: Thanks for that! Glad you liked it.

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      SpellOutloud 7 years ago

      Love this! Added it my "Organizing Toddler Activities" lens. Thanks for stopping by my lenses the other day :)

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      Kids have fun with the most amazing things.

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      rwoman 7 years ago

      I've done the shaving cream letters and numbers as well as shapes when my son was younger.

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      My kiddos have loved using shaving cream for spelling practice and for learning about types of clouds in our science studies! =D Fun stuff!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      How inventive, fun and clean. Great idea and well presented! Good for you!

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      Jeremy 7 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @jimmielanley: Thanks, Jimmie. I took you up on that.

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      Jeremy 7 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @eclecticeducati1: Glad you liked the lens. Thanks for reminding me that I wanted to suggest shaving cream in a ziploc bag for kids who, for whatever reason, don't like the squishy feeling of shaving cream on their hands.

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      Nathalie Roy 7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Some fun idea! I think my 3 years old son will enjoy this a lot

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      I never did this with my children. I wish I would have, now. My kids have sensory processing disorder, so they didn't like strange things on their hands. It would have been good for them to get use to it. Great ideas!

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I have heard of shaving cream used as a medium for arts and crafts but I have never tried it personally. Perhaps now I will.

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      emmaklarkins 7 years ago

      Super creative! I never knew there was so much you could do with shaving cream!

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      Jimmie Lanley 7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

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      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      Great ideas! We love using shaving cream too! :)

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      Bus Stop Toy Shop 7 years ago

      You're always full of great ideas for kids - must give this one a try with mine!

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Great idea!