Shaving Cream Activity Tray

Shaving Cream

Messy, sensory play at its best! Shaving cream is great for sensory exploration and provides endless opportunities for children to play and discover.

What you will need?

Shaving Cream Invitation to play

You will need a tray, shaving cream, paint brush and food colouring. We purchased a sensitive skin version of shaving cream as this is more gentle on sensitive skin.

I set up 3 trays with shaving cream and a paint brush, one for each child. I also set up each tray with a different colour with the aim that each child will change trays without washing their hands and then mix their colour with another colour to see new colour form.

Tip: have an old towel handy for those little accidents.

Let’s Play

Let's Play - Shaving Cream
  • Mixing through a few drops of food colouring.
  • Drawing with a paint brush in the shaving cream.

Let’s Play 

Let's Learn - Shaving Cream


  • Swap and change trays to mix 2 different colours together to form a new colour.

Let’s Learn 

Sensory Play Ideas - Shaving Cream


  • Miss 3 absolutely loved getting messy and started to climb into the shaving cream.

Sensory play promotes many learning experiences: 

  • Sensory play encourages children to manipulate and mould materials, building up their fine motor skills and coordination.Sensory play uses all 5 senses, but the sense of touch is often the most frequent. Toddlers and children process information through their senses. They learn through exploring these.
  • Sensory play is unstructured, open-ended, not product-oriented; it is the purest sense of exploratory learning
  • Self-esteem: sensory play offers kids the opportunity for self-expression because there is no right answer and children feel safe to change or experiment with what they are doing.
  • Language development- experimenting with language and descriptive words.
  • Develop social skills: practising negotiation skills, turn taking and sharing. Provides opportunities for working out problems and experimenting with solutions.
  • Encourages Imagination and creative play.

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