June 13, 2012

Outdoor Shaving Cream Play Pool

Shaving Cream in the Play Pool

We love adding sensory materials to the play pool for summer sensory fun!  Shaving cream never fails to entertain my boys.  It is such an inexpensive and fun sensory medium.  Adding shaving cream to the play pool was a simple way to entertain the kids (and me!) all afternoon.  The best part is that shaving cream rinses away clean in a matter of seconds.

After JZ (4) added one can of shaving cream to the play pool he climbed in and gingerly started playing.

We play with shaving cream on a regular basis but never like this.  Most often JZ asks for a can of shaving cream and a bin.  He loves running his hands through it and usually plays for a good hour or so.  Another favorite is mixing with food coloring or liquid water color paint in the bath.  Before long JZ was fully engaged in the shaving cream play, and most of his body was covered.

J-Bug (3) didn't need much encouragement to join his brother in the play pool when he woke up from his nap.

They kept saying they were "ice skating".  I joined them after putting the camera down, and it was indeed slippery!

To read about the importance of messy play and why I not only encourage but instigate it, read the messy play post in my Child's Play 101 series.

Please note: I stood close by with a dry towel to wipe any shaving cream that got near their eyes.  Before getting in to play I instructed them to be careful not to wipe their face when they had shaving cream on their hands.  I kept the hose nearby for any time they wanted their hands clean.

Clean up was a cinch and only added to the fun.  JZ happily filled the play pool with a little water to add to the summer sensory fun.

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It couldn't be much more simple than this! A play pool + two cans of shaving cream + and a hose = hours of messy, sensory fun in the sun. 

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  1. Such a fun idea! Will have to try this out! Also I am having a Summer Fun Party and would love for you to link this up!

    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic

  2. This reminds me of shaving cream battles! Thanks again for sharing on Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land!

  3. this looks soooooooo fun! when can i fly over for a playdate? lol... that bottom collage is priceless! and i love those shaving cream mohawks!

  4. OMGosh - this looks like so much fun! My kids would have a blast. Thanks for the inspiration - and for sharing with the Kids Co-Op!

  5. Wow, amazing! Looks like they had a blast. What a fun way to spend the day.

  6. That looks super fun! I love shaving foam play, but unfortunately my kids have very sensitive skin, so we have to make it short and sweet with shaving foam. Otherwise, I'd be doing this tomorrow! Thanks for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party :-)

  7. I have yet to embrace the mess of shaving cream. You have inspired me to give it a try! So glad you added that message about the hands to face part, great reminder for parents that are new to shaving cream!
    Thanks for sharing this with the outdoor play party!

  8. thank you so much for linking up to summer adventures. I love this idea! I've never tried it on a big scale before.

  9. This is awesome, Allison! I've scheduled to share it on FB on 7/5. BTW, I'm loving the new site!!


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