Thursday, July 03, 2014

Shaving Cream Rainbow {Messy Sensory Play}

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Embracing messy sensory play is challenging for me.  I absolutely dread the clean up.  However, I am trying to let go a bit more and push myself outside of my comfort zone, especially since I have noticed how much the boys enjoy it (for instance, our edible sludge).  

This giant shaving cream rainbow sensory play for kids is one of those times where even I was pushed outside of my comfort zone.

Giant shaving cream rainbow messy sensory play idea for kids from And Next Comes L

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I also have not used shaving cream as a sensory material before.  Cue gasps.  It's shocking, I know.  Anyway, I decided to embrace the mess and the shaving cream on a grand scale and created this giant shaving cream rainbow.

Let the Kids Get Messy with this Giant Rainbow Sensory Play Idea

To create the giant rainbow, I used seven cans of shaving cream.  I bought mine at the dollar store so it cost me less than $10.  

I then dyed the shaving cream using food coloring and liquid watercolors.  The orange and blue were dyed with liquid watercolors as they happen to be the only two colors I have on hand.  I am buying them one at a time with the 40% coupon from Michaels, so it's taking me awhile!  Don't judge...haha.  Anyway, I found that the shaving cream that was colored using the liquid watercolors was much more vibrant.

Close up of giant shaving cream rainbow messy sensory play idea for kids from And Next Comes L

Close up of giant shaving cream rainbow messy sensory play idea for kids from And Next Comes L

After spending twenty minutes with help from K, the entire rainbow was colored and set up on a tarp in our backyard.  Then J complained he wasn't feeling well, only to end up with a stomach bug less than an hour later!  So I had to abandon all of our hard work, leaving the shaving cream rainbow out in the sun for over 24 hours.  The colors intensified, but the shaving cream looked all weird...

Close up of giant shaving cream rainbow after it sat in the sun for a day from And Next Comes L

But it was still delightful to play in.

Messy sensory play with colored shaving cream from And Next Comes L

J playing with colored shaving cream from And Next Comes L

J playing with colored shaving cream from And Next Comes L

And it was lovely to see all the colors swirl together into a glossy, sparkly mixture.

Messy sensory play with colored shaving cream from And Next Comes L

Colored shaving cream swirled together from And Next Comes L

The fun did not stop there however.  

In order to keep the tarp from flipping over from the wind overnight, I had set some of our outdoor toys on the edge of the tarp.  In one corner was our climber and slide.  

So soon our shaving cream rainbow because a messy, slippery slide of goodness.  And boy, did the boys ever have fun with this part!  The smiles and laughter could no longer be contained.  It was validating for me to see their happiness, especially since messy play is so not my thing.  But these smiles are just so worth embracing the mess.  Don't you think?

K having fun with colored shaving cream on the slide from And Next Comes L

K having fun with colored shaving cream on the slide from And Next Comes L

And since we were already outside, clean up was a breeze!  I just hosed them off right there.

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Messy sensory play for kids with a giant shaving cream rainbow (and a slide!) from And Next Comes L
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6 comments:

  1. OMG!! This looks like so much fun!! Great idea

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    1. Thanks, Lisha! Too bad you and G couldn't come over to join us for the fun!

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    1. Thanks, Jaime! I'm kind of obsessed with how cool it was! ;)

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  3. This IS MAGICAL FUN!!!! Won't my kids love this!! But a pity we don't have our own backyard or slide to do such great activity!!

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    1. Bummer! You could always using colored shaving cream in a shower or bathtub - paint the walls and then clean up is a breeze!

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