Shaving Cream Play

All Ages Activity
Sensory Play


Shaving cream is an amazing, messy, sensory experience that uses all five senses of touch, sight, smell, sound and even taste (though tasting is not encouraged!). It is a textural wonderland that changes and reforms in your hands. Adding colour enables swirls and patterns to form and burying and hiding toys in the foam adds to the sense of discovery and play. Shaving cream encourages children to manipulate and mould materials, building their fine motor skills and coordination.

What you need?

  • Shaving cream (brands for sensitive skin are gentle for little hands)
  • Water tray/trough
  • Dinosaurs (or other rubber toys)
  • Food colouring
  • A paint brush
  • Dry towel for clean-up time


1. Spray shaving cream foam around the bottom of a tray.

2. Mix through a few drops of food colouring.

3. Draw in the shaving cream with a paintbrush.

4. Add dinosaurs or rubber toys to the clouds of foam.

5. Enjoy the swirly, gooey fun of exploring through the foam.

Extension of the activity

This activity creates curiosity in children and enables them to reflect on what they are doing, developing a love of learning and encouraging them to take the initiative. To extend the activity, use multiple trays with different colour and swap the trays so the colours can mix together.

Ask the children discovery questions, “what does it feel/smell/sound like? Can you squish it through your fingers? What happens when the colours mix?”

Shaving Cream Play