Motherhood, Art, Creative Play, and Finding Joy in Everyday Life

Shaving Cream Painting


If you have a child in your life and you have the internet, chances are you have come across the idea of shaving cream play for toddlers and small children. Just in case you have been under a rock, or somehow missed this idea however, today I want to recommend it. It is a lot of fun and a terrific sensory experience!

It makes a colorful mess too, but that is easily corrected with a post-painting shower or bath.

Simon loved the pillowy, billowing, puffs of shaving cream, and would direct me where he wanted me to spray more onto his paper. “Mumma…more up top! Right….dere.”

We added drops of food coloring (which I keep around only for creative projects like this), but a little finger paint or other kid-friendly water based paint would do for color. After we were finished, we laid all of the pictures on the table to dry for a while. (Though they never quite totally dry…in fact, you could just have fun with the shaving cream on a wipe-able surface and then clean it up afterward without the final product on paper.) Now, they are hanging on his art display wire in his room, a bit less fluffy now that they have hung out for a while.

This is definitely not art you will be able to frame, or add to a scrap-book to cherish. It is all about the experience. A fun, gooey, squishy experience that any kid will love.


Author: thismummaslife

I am a Mumma, Wife and part-time Assistant Children's Librarian. I want this blog to be a collection of moments from daily life that may inspire or be relatable. Please feel free to leave me comments, thoughts, feedback or stories from your own life.

7 thoughts on “Shaving Cream Painting

  1. There’s an app that allows you to take photos of your child’s art work and it’ll save all the info on it for you. Once you have enough, you can create a book with it! Or, you can just take a regular photo, too.

    This is a neat idea! We used to do this in elementary school as a way to clean the tops of desks while keeping us entertained. 🙂

  2. LOVE this! I remember using shaving creme to finger pain with on a table when I was little. It was so much fun. Not sure why I haven’t done this with the girls at home yet.

    @JC – I’ve been doing this all along, I had no idea there was an app! That’s great. I have most of my girls uploaded into shutterfly to make a book with… eventually 😀

  3. How cool! But ugh I am a wuss when it comes to mess. I’d love to try this with my toddler in the bath tub though! I don’t have food coloring either but he might enjoy just the shaving cream part.

  4. Oh boy! I haven’t tried this but it sure does look like fun!

  5. Krista,

    You are WAY braver then me. My poor kids can’t make a mess like that INSIDE!? I’m a new follower on PInterest ( Are you on Twitter?

    Would love it if you stopped by Journeys of The Zoo and see the “clean” fun that we have. Or, I’d be willing to stop by your house for some messy fun (smile).

    Besos, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo

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