Monday, May 31, 2010

Shaving Cream Canvas



Inside or outside...
Tub or table...
Shaving cream has many benefits other than the obvious.  It offers a wonderful sensory experience that encourages a variety of skills to be practiced.  The younger child can explore lines and shapes.  Letter formation can be introduced and practiced before adding the use of a writing instrument.  Older children can practice cursive and spelling words.  While most children enjoy the sensory experience along with the fine motor skill practice, for me there is an added benefit.  Every now and then I'll come across a child who is very aware of making their picture/writing look "just right".  There is a permanence that comes with crayons, markers, paints,... etc.  For some children this lessens the risk they are willing to take to do something new.  Shaving cream allows for a quick change of all or part of their work.  This encourages more risk and builds confidence.  Not to mention its fun and relaxing.

Apply a small amount of shaving cream to a baking sheet or the side of the bathtub.  If desired, add a few drops of food coloring.