The creators of shaving cream probably never dreamed that it would ever be used to teach children to write. However, that's what we've been doing ... writing in shaving cream!
If you haven't had a chance to play with shaving cream yet, then I can seriously recommend it.
This is one sensory experience that is absolutely fantastic - silky, smooth, soothing and very irresistible!
- Shaving cream - we've found the 'cheaper no-brand' varieties work well.
- A tray
- Food colouring (optional)
Writing In Shaving Cream
At first, the activity was purely a sensory experience. This was a great way to ease into a writing lesson.
Trays of shaving foam were offered to the boys who then jumped at the opportunity to get their hands into it.
We added a few drops of shaving cream which just added to the appeal of the whole activity.
After a while, we spread a thinner layer of shaving cream on another tray. This provided the ideal surface on which to write.
The beauty of using shaving cream is that it can be used by children who are at different learning stages. For example ...
... it's great for learning to write individual letters
... or numbers
... as well as whole words. In this case, it was used to revise spelling words.
One thing that I did find very difficult about this activity was taking photos. I kept putting my hands in the silky shaving foam which meant I had to go and wash them before I could pick up the camera again.
I did say this stuff was irresistible ... I just couldn't help myself!
Did we end up looking a bit on the messy side? Yes, for sure!
Was it easy to clean up? Definitely. It wiped up with ease.
We recycled the remaining foam by scooping it into a large plastic container which was then saved for bath-time at the end of the day.
Shaving foam in the bath time is definitely a favourite in our house. If you ever have a child who is reluctant to take a bath, try adding some shaving cream. It works wonders.
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