Shaving cream is a wonderfully versatile sensory resource. It can be mixed with other resources such as sand and corn flour to make unusual sensory bin basis or used to hide objects underneath it. For children who do not like the texture of shaving cream, there is also the option of using it within a sensory bag.
I wanted a way to explore color mixing within the sensory play. However, I needed the activity to be mess free. Our Shaving Cream Color Mixing Sensory Bag provided the perfect solution.
I took three ziploc bags and removed the white writing with nail varnish remover and cotton wool. Next, I poured in yellow paint into one corner of the zip-loc bag and blue paint into the other corner. And finally, I squirted in shaving cream which I pushed down into the bottom corners. It is important not to overfill the bag as this increases the risk of the bag splitting.
After ensuring that any air bubbles were removed from the bag I closed the zip-loc attachment and secured the bag with green Duck Tape.
I repeated the process with red and blue paint. Whilst making the red and yellow sensory bag I squirted in the shaving cream first and then added the paint. I can confirm this process is much harder.
Once I had created three sensory bags I gave them to my son. He spent 15 minutes exploring the bags and therefore mixing the colors together. He squished them, squashed them and flattened them – each time checking his hands and declaring in amazement that they were still clean.
During play my son noticed that the colors were starting to combine. He was determined to make the two primary colors “disappear” and to make a “new” color appear. And he continued to rub, roll, lay on top and even stand on the shaving cream sensory bags. Eventually, he was able to mix the colors together to form an orange, purple and green shaving cream sensory bag.
It is not often you can explore color mixing and play with shaving cream whilst remaining mess free!