Five Fun Things To Do With Shaving Cream

We’ve all seen the image of a preschooler standing next to their father at the bathroom sink, pretending to shave. But shaving cream is a fun learning tool that goes far beyond make-believe play at the sink! It’s also an excellent sensory material!

Shaving cream is excellent for sensory and art play because it’s so tactile. As a bonus, it cleans up in a jiffy because it’s essentially soap!

Here are five fun activities that use shaving cream to engage your tot in sensory play!

  1. Shaving Cream Marble Art

Shaving cream marble art is a unique way to use shaving cream to make paintings. The great thing about this project is that each painting looks different. Shaving cream marble art leaves a lot of room for exploration and imagination!


  • Baking pan or tray with sides
  • Shaving cream
  • Craft Sticks
  • Food coloring
  • Cardstock
  • An old credit card


  1. Spray a layer of shaving cream on the bottom of a tray.
  2. Add a few drops of food coloring on top.
  3. Allow your little one to gently swirl the food coloring into the shaving using a craft stick.
  4. Press a blank piece of paper into the shaving cream and place it on a flat surface.
  5. Use the edge of a credit card and scrape the shaving cream off the paper. Let dry.
  6. You can repeat this with more paper and add food coloring as needed.
  1. Shaving Cream Mowhawks

Let your little ones play barber shop with shaving cream, combs, and brushes. They’ll have fun styling their hair in front of the mirror, and when they’re done, it easily washes out! You can even let them play this game in the bathtub, but make sure they are careful not to get it into their eyes. 

  1. Shaving Cream Bathtub Paint

The bathtub is a great place to play with shaving cream because it fits in perfectly with soapy, sensory fun! Shaving cream bathtub paint lets your little one explore with colors and textures in a messy yet safe way!


  • 6-tin muffin tin
  • Shaving cream
  • Food coloring


  1. Fill each of the six muffin tins with shaving cream
  2. Add 1-2 drops of color to each muffin tin
  3. Stir with a swizzle stick or toothpick
  4. Let them paint!
  1. Shaving Cream & Glue Puffy Paint 

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You can make puffy paint using shaving cream, white glue, and white paint. Puffy paint is fun to work with, and the drying process is an excellent opportunity for scientific observation.


  • Shaving Cream
  • Glue
  • Cardstock
  • Small cups
  • Craft sticks
  • Brown Paper or Brown Crayon
  • Paint of various colors or food coloring


  1. Mix the shaving cream and glue in a cup. There’s no exact amount, so mix until the texture looks good to you.
  2. Allow your little one to add a few drops of colored paint.
  3. Mix the paint and the color with a craft stick. 
  4. Create as many colors as your child would like to paint with!
  5. Allow them to use their hands to paint and explore!
  1. Color Mixing Experiments

No Time for Flash Cards has an excellent blog on color-mixing experiments using shaving cream and food coloring! Encourage your child to predict what new colors they’ll create when mixing various colors.

If they want to keep track of their predictions, they can either draw color blotches on the paper to indicate which two colors they’re mixing together, or you can help them write the names of the colors.


  • Shaving Cream
  • Quart-size Ziploc Bags
  • Food Coloring
  • Paper and crayons (optional)


  1. Add some shaving cream to a Ziploc bag.
  2. Choose two colors to add. Before adding the colors, have your child make a prediction.
  3. Allow your toddler to add a few drops of each color and squish the bag to mix the color. 
  4. Discuss their prediction!

If your little one loves color play, check out all our KneeBouncer games themed around color exploration!

Updated May 6, 2023, by L. Elizabeth Forry

written by

L. Elizabeth Forry 

L. Elizabeth Forry is an Early Childhood Educator with fifteen years of classroom teaching experience. She earned a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from The University of North Dakota and has a Bachelor of Arts in English and one in Music from Lebanon Valley College. She has taught children in Japan, Washington D.C., Chicago, and suburban Maryland. She is trained as a reading therapist, has a TEFL certification, and has done extensive work with children regarding mental health, social-emotional development, gender development. She has written curriculum for children and educators and has led training sessions for parents and educators on various topics on early childhood development. She is the mother of two boys and resides outside of Annapolis, Maryland.

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