Shaving Foam Prints

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I’ve been looking forward to trying this for a while now and a little gap in our afternoon provided the perfect chance to throw it together.

You will need:

shaving foam
and old tray
food colouring
paper
thick card (to scrape away excess foam)
a stick, paint brush, old pencil or fingers!
optional: newspaper, damp cloth, old clothes

I set up some shaving foam in an old oven tray, drizzled it with food colouring and made sure the paper was close by. I threw some old clothes on the kiddo and myself, grabbed an old pencil for swirling the colours and we were away!

Pebble had a ball swirling those colours around and around, I think she would have been happy to do that all day. Then came the printing! Pebble was able to press the paper onto the foam herself, with some instructions to press gently all over. Then I helped her to lift the paper off and scrape the excess foam away revealing an ooooooh-aaaaaaah inspiring print. We did about five prints, re-swirling inbetween, before the colours started to get really murky.

Tips: have an old damp cloth close by to wipe up mess and some folded paper or sturdy card to scrape off the excess foam from each print. You can also set up some sheets of old newspaper to put your prints while they dry. If your child has sensitive skin it might be best to avoid this activity, however Pebble is one of these sensitive ones and she had no worries. Use your own judgement!

Got a baby? This is not cool for babies. Everything goes in their mouths and shaving foam is not food, peeps! Try this sensory play idea instead.

Got a preschooler or a school kid? Try levelling off the foam and writing or drawing in it before making a print for a different effect. Use different objects (old toothbrush, comb, fork) to ‘draw’ in the foam before printing.

Got a classroom of school kids? Aren’t you brave to try this? But you can! Each child can have their own paper/plastic plate with a small amount of shaving foam and smaller pieces of paper for printing. Or set it up as a small group experience – I recommend no more than four at a time!

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  1. That is such a cool idea! I will definitely be filing this away for when Mia is old enough. You could make some really cool wrapping paper with the finished product too.

  2. For classroom teachers: This is a fabulous way to clean your student’s desks…just squirt the shaving cream on…have them practice writing letters, etc. Then, wipe off and your desks are ready for Open House or visitors!! And the room smells great, too.

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