We love sensory play around here! 2-year-old N is particularly fond of water play, and he and his sister have a ton of fun with it on a regular basis.
This time, we kept it really simple and added another favorite material to make Shaving Cream Sensory Soup! With just a few simple tools from the kitchen, it kept both siblings entertained for a long time. And while it was pretty messy, it was also really easy to clean up, thanks to the shaving cream.
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Shaving Cream Sensory Soup
There’s a reason that sensory play is always a hit! The kids love to have some messy play intertwined with learning – and using shaving cream and spoons and other simple kitchen tools is the easiest way to make that happen!
Why overcomplicate play time when you really don’t have to! The best thing about sensory play is that the kids are going to be learning and not even know it.
Materials for Shaving Cream Sensory Soup
All you need are the following items to put together this fun sensory activity. I still think of it like a sensory bin, but for fun, we call it sensory soup!
- Water table or sensory bin. We definitely get a lot of use out of our water table, and it’s one of the best purchases I’ve made for my kids, but a sensory bin works well, too.
- Shaving cream.
- Kitchen tools, cups, and assorted other items for stirring, scooping, transferring, etc.
E helped set up the water table for this activity. After I’d poured some water into the upper compartment, she added shaving cream on top.
It was fun to make this together and I noticed that the confidence was growing!
Both kids immediately started doing a lot of stirring with different tools to mix the shaving cream and water. They didn’t talk about this or anything, they just both wanted to get it done 😉
I loved that they were working together and being a part of the process!
N particularly liked the frother and spent quite some time exploring it. I thought that this was so cool because the interest level was there and it was really entertaining for him.
After a while, E decided that there should be more shaving cream sensory soup, and she asked for more water that she poured into the other compartment of the water table before adding the rest of the can of shaving cream.
After the stirring, there was a lot of pouring into and out of the different containers that the kids had at their disposal.
When E took a break from the activity, N decided to “go all in” 😀 It was so cool to see the varying levels of interest at different times.
He immediately asked for a towel but stuck his arms right back in after he’d cleaned himself up 😉 He repeated this process several times and clearly enjoyed himself immensely.
It was a delightfully messy activity for sure,
but the shaving cream made it really easy to clean up everything in the end. It was a great activity that I loved – and the kids had a blast together. The more that they played, the more mess that they made – but it’s so simple and easy to clean up that it wasn’t an issue at all.
If you do this during the summer months, you can just have them run through the sprinkler to get nice and clean! It doesn’t get any easier than that! Just have some towels waiting and that’s all you have to worry about!
I love how the kids had this much fun with just two simple materials! There were literally hours of play for the kids! It was so much fun for them to play and play and play! SO many giggles!
After this Shaving Cream Sensory Soup, try Goopy Grass Sensory Play, Flower Sensory Soup or any of these Activities with Shaving Cream. For a less messy and wet activity, N recommends this Toddler Boredom Buster with Cups and Flowers!
Benefits of Sensory Play
I actually think that there are so many benefits that come from sensory play. The kids love to be able to play and create messes, all without the worry of getting told not to!
Using shaving cream makes it a fun and easy process because shaving cream feels so cool!
When you’re trying to get the kids to slow down and learn with their senses, sensory play is the best way to make it happen. The kids will work their fingers, hands, and minds – and never want to stop.
Tips for Making Sensory Soup
Even though this is a super fun activity for the kids to do, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Make sure that you’re paying attention to the kids, as you don’t want them putting the shaving cream in their mouths.
The more that the kids play with the shaving cream, the more that it’s going to lose some of the shape and texture. Just get some extra shaving cream and keep adding to it!
Sit down and play kitchen with them and bring in some imaginative play. This is the perfect creative activity that will engage them in play!
More Fun Sensory Activities
Don’t forget to keep introducing more sensory ideas into your daily play! This is a simple and fun way to get the kids to play with their hands and to use their senses.
This is perfect for shark week or a great way to create something for shark fans! Have the kids help and have fun!
This is the perfect themed sensory bin! Gather up all the green and lucky items that you can and make an epic sensory bin!
Don’t forget to add these fun worksheets and printables into their learning!