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We love this idea from ‘The Imagination Tree’ blog where the children colour a tub of shaving cream, swirl it around and print it onto card.

When the shaving cream is scraped off the resulting print is so random and beautiful!

The children happily popped on their smocks, filled up the eye droppers with coloured water …

and squirted and squirted and squirted!

They LOVED squirting! We didn’t actually need to do anything else – they were content.

Anyway, when we mentioned pressing the card onto their creations, scraping and seeing what they had created, some children were keen to give it a go.

We found that the colour that has been added to the shaving cream needs to be fairly intense as is gets somewhat diluted in the process. Food colouring wasn’t strong enough so we soon switched to edicol dye.

The first prints were a bit wishy washy, but they were stunning once we upped the colour intensity.

For these three year olds however, it was really just about the squirting!


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9 Responses to “marbled shaving cream”

  1. avatar Amy A says:

    We LOVE to do this! In fact, we opted to do it on a much larger scale last year! I don’t think I blogged about it, but I know that some of our shaving cream marble painting is on the blog. http://childcentralstation.blogspot.com/2010/05/marble-prints.html We even tried it with fabric dye on Fabric for the 4th of July! All of it turned out fantastic, and as a bonus, I found some fruity scented shaving cream which was a much more pleasant smell to work with!

    ::: Wow Amy we love the idea of using fabric dye! Unfortunately we need to be careful here with brands of shaving cream due to nut allergies. We tend to use the cheaper brands of shaving cream as they have a lower palm oil (I think) content but fruity scented cream sounds delicious! :) :)

  2. avatar Scott says:

    I like this! Never thought of coloring the shaving cream and making prints. Thanks!

    ::: We have done this with older children before Scott and some of the patterns they created were awesome, but as we mentioned here these three year olds more more interested in squirting the colour, than making prints. :) :)

  3. avatar Pam says:

    these are beautiful! I’ve never actually made prints this way before!

    ::: They are lovely Pam! A wonderful sensory experience too. :) :)

  4. avatar Elise says:

    Creative + messy = bliss.

    We have done this with paper doilies (we needed to glue a few doilies togehter because a single one was too delicate) to make a garland.

    ::: I can see how doilies would be a little flimsy Elise. Paper plates might work well tho! :) :)


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  6. We love shaving cream here too and have done a number of fun things with it like this Pretend Cotton Candy Craft that’s painted with colored shaving cream: http://blog.gummylump.com/2011/02/pretend-cotton-candy-craft-kids-crafts.html

    ::: Thanks for sharing GummyLump. :) :)

  7. avatar Darcey says:

    What a fun idea! We just used shaving cream with the toddlers a couple of weeks ago. they had so much fun playing with the shaving cream and mixing the colors. We’ll have to do this next time. I’ve included your post on my weekly favorites here: http://play2grow.blogspot.com/2011/03/weekly-favorites-for-march-13-2011.html

    ::: They really do love the shaving cream don’t they Darcey … thanks for adding us! :) :)

  8. avatar Alana says:

    When I was doing play group we used to leave the shaving cream on, it makes the most beautiful patterns and the kids just love the 3D effect it gets! But the trouble is it’s only foam so it just falls off when it dries, any suggestions as to what I could use instead of shaving cream to make the lovely patterns that will set hard?

    ::: Alana we don’t know if this would work BUT we do have a recipe for a puffy paint you might like to try. It is equal parts shaving cream and P.V.A. (Elmers) glue which should stay puffy when it is dry … If you do try it we’d love to hear how it goes! :) :)


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