Letting your child play with shaving cream is a great sensory activity for your preschooler. It requires little set up and can keep him busy for quite awhile. After doing this several times with my son I’ve come up with a few tips to maximize fun.
- Let Him Wash His Hands – The first time my son played with shaving cream he immediately wanted to wash his hands. I thought “Great, another activity he’s just not interested in.” Yet, as soon as we washed hands he wanted to go back and play again. I think he just needed to know when he was done he could get his hands clean but that it was OK to be messy now.
- Have a few Toys Ready – Let your child explore the shaving cream without toys first so that he can use his imagination and experience the shaving cream but if he starts to get bored, give him a few cars or action figures to take play to another level.
- Clean up Without Water – If you’re playing at a table, wipe up as much shaving cream with a piece of cardboard or dry towel first. If you use a wet rag you will end up with twice the work and a very sudsy table.
- Play in the Bathtub – If you’re playing at home put your child in a dry bathtub to play. Then when you’re done just turn on the shower. This adds a new dimension to play as he can smear the shaving cream with his feet. Just be careful – it is slippery!
- Spray Bottles and Colors - Shaving cream alone is usually enough to entertain preschoolers but if you want to get all fancy, give him a spray bottle and some colored water and watch what happens.
Have you ever let your child play with shaving cream? Do you have any additional tips?