Messy feelings often call for messy activities. The past few months have been "messy" (to put it mildly) and when we aren't getting our energy out with active play, I've been encouraging lots of open ended, messy, creative activities. Never underestimate the power of productive (productive being the key word!) smashing, smooshing, mixing, healthy mess making to help kids process and get emotions out.
Have you tried playing with shaving cream?!? It's a perfect activity rain or shine. Lucy LOVES it and the cleanup is super simple because it just washes away.
I made the rainbow one stripe at a time and used a toothpick coated in food dye to swirl in the color because it was quick, easy, and mess free. You can also mix each color in it's own bowl, which will create a more consistent color and then scoop into the sensory bin.
We took it outside in the afternoon and added a bowl of water, plastic animals, and SUNSHINE!
Rainbow shaving cream was a HUGE hit and we'll be doing it again soon!
Want to try out your own rainbow shaving cream? It's super easy and sure to delight your kids!
I made the rainbow one stripe at a time IN the sensory bin using a toothpick covered in food dye. This minimized cleanup but if you like more consistent color, try mixing each color in a separate bowl or plastic bag. Have fun! And if you try it, remember to let us know how it goes! We would love to hear from you!
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Shaving Cream. I like to buy in bulk and we might try these lightly scented ones next
Our favorite food gel for vibrant and varied colors
Additional things we love adding to activities like this:
plastic animals and insects. Arctic animals are Lucy's favorites and the butterflies come in a close second
slime charms. Ducks are Lucy's favorites and this assorted collection are a close second