Ok, so I have been a bit behind with posting the crafts we have been up to, but life has been busy so please forgive the tardiness of this. Just before Easter we decided to try out yet another interesting painting idea that I found on Pinterest. This one involved shaving cream, paint, and getting messy so I knew it would be a hit.
First you need a tray to hold the shaving cream. Fill it up and remember to leave room for it to expand, you know, just in case you forget that shaving cream expands and you end up with an overflowing tray of the stuff (much to the delight of your children).
Now you drizzle it with your paints. On the original link she says to use acrylic, which we did, but this was not really toddler or even 5 year old friendly. Next time I would only use the washable paints we usually use because it gets everywhere and it is also a really nice texture that just cries out for little hands to play with it.
Next up is the swirling of the paint. This was a favorite of both boys. I was worried it would blend the colors too much, but it turns out the shaving cream prevents it from mixing too much. This is helpful when dealing with a very independent, very strong willed two year old.
Now we paint! We used heavy cardstock cut in the shape of eggs for Easter, but you can do any shape you wish. Or better yet, do no shapes at all and cut them out later when you need them for cards or other projects. You simply place the paper down, push it down somewhat firmly and then lift it up.
You let it sit for a few minutes and then use a squeegee to clean off the shaving cream. The cream goes, but the paint remains. They turned out so well. Both boys loved the marbling of it and aside from the mess of the paint, it was doable for both.
After we had finished, there was experimentation of course. Noah tired of it quickly (ok I tired of trying to keep his hands off everything), but Julien played with the paint and shaving cream mixture for the better part of an hour.
This part of it alone might be worth repeating outside this summer, maybe in a bigger pan and play with color mixing a bit. The texture and sensory aspect of it was wonderful. Overall, this was a thumbs up project and one we will repeat again. Pinterest has been great for finding new projects and makes me feel a bit better about the time I sometimes spend on there rather than doing something a bit more important, like say laundry!!