How to make Sand Foam?
Sand Foam is perfect for sensory exploration. It is made up using only two ingredients, sand and shaving cream.
Kids will love running their hands and fingers through the fluffy, textured mixture.
What you will need?
You will need clean sand, shaving cream and a large tray or tub.
There is no real defined amounts for the ingredients, the sand and shaving cream amounts can be adjusted until you are happy with the consistency. We started off with 3 cups of sand and 200ml of shaving cream, however, we added another 3 cups of sand to our mixture to explore what would happen.
- Add 3 cups of sand to the tray.
- Gradually add the shaving cream and combine using hands. Add more shaving cream until desired consistency is made.
- Add dinosaurs, shells and toy cars to extend the play and encourage imaginative play stories. The shells would make a great beach theme activity, the dinosaurs to create a sandy dinosaur world and the toy cars creating roads or moving sand construction site.
- Hide plastic alphabet letters, numbers or other items to create a hide and seek game.
- Use descriptive language to describe the experience, how does the sand foam feel? It feels soft, fluffy and gritty.
- Draw and write in the sand foam tray. You can write your name, letters, numbers, draw shapes and pictures.
- Fine Motor Development – Pre-writing skills
- Hand-Eye Coordination
- Sensory- Development of the sense of touch. Feeling and manipulating objects.
- Oral language development- using descriptive language.
We plan to repeat this activity but next time using coloured sand and maybe a touch of glitter too!
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24 thoughts on “How to make Sand Foam?”
I was wondering how long this “keeps”—-can you re-use it by adding more shaving cream or is it a one time use activity?
Hi Joy, After about 12-24hours the shaving cream begins to dissolve and you are left with wet sand, perfect for sand castles 🙂
Is it possible to dry the sand and then add more shaving cream later?
Hi Helene, yes, you can definitely dry the sand and add more shaving cream later. Have fun 🙂
Can we use shaving gel rather than shaving cream?
Good question 🙂 I have not tried shaving gel before and not really sure how this would work. To get shaving gel to foam up, you need to add water and wonder if this may help. If you give it a try, let us know how you go, good luck 🙂
We are making this tomorrow for our Dinosaur Summer Camp! It looks like a blast! Thank you for posting!
Any suggestions for kids with sensitive skin (in our case eczema)?
My daughter wouldn’t be able to play with shaving cream unfortunately.
Hi Skye, I’m sorry, I’m not sure what to suggest. My daughter has sensitive skin also but not eczema and we use shaving cream for sensitive skin and this seems okay. I hope you are able to find something suitable. Good luck!
What about whipping cream?
Hi Amy, I have not used whipped cream before with this activity. If you give it a try, let us know how you go! good luck 🙂
I love your ideas. I am going to use them for my special ed room. Also for my class.
Thanks a Bunch
Thank you Lu P! 🙂
I love this idea and want to use it as “snow”. Will it ruin the sand though or will I be able to use it as normal the week after?
Look great, was wondering where you got the white trays that you are using in the pictures
Hi Nicky, I got the white trays from here https://www.learning4kids.net/product/activity-tray/ Thanks!
Hi, does the sand need to be dry before you add the shaving cream? We have some sand here that has been left out in the rain unfortunately!
Hi Michelle, unfortunately I think dry sand works best for this activity as wet sand is heavier and flattens the foam, making it less fluffy. I can’t see why not giving it a try though, I’m sure the kids will love it either way! Let us know how you go, thanks 🙂
Just spread the sand out on a baking sheet and put it in the oven for a few minutes to dry it out
I used shaving gel the other day with a student. Once our hands started moving it, it did become foamy without any water.
This activity looks like a Monday activity! Can’t wait to try it.
i really like this website i might try out the foam ps how does it work just email me
Hi, I just want say this is such a great website. I’m a teacher in China and I can use it from time to time. Thanks a lot.
can we use kinetic sand?
Hi Alex, I have not tried using kinetic sand but please let me know how you go. Thanks.