Today’s activity is a little out-of-the-box. You might remember that this week we’re celebrating the sand and water play table in all its diversity. So far we’ve enjoyed sand play, water play, and an ocean rockpool that combines the two – sand and water together.
Today, we’re removing the tub from the top of our table and using the play surface to explore a totally different sensory material – shaving foam.
To set up this activity, you’ll need:
– A couple of cans of cheap shaving foam (it runs out quickly)
– A plastic ruler
– Paddle-pop sticks (craft sticks)
– A bucket of water and towel nearby for clean-up.
Simply squirt shaving foam all over the table, spread it flat with a ruler, and let the children explore the new texture!
It’s so silky and squishy!
Give the children craft sticks and encourage them to make marks on the flat surface. A coloured table top shows up beautifully through the foam as they make their squiggles and doodles!
Once the surface is roughed-up, just smooth it flat with the ruler and start again.
In hindsight, I should have probably put my kids in their togs and hosed them off afterward, or stuck a paint shirt on them. They got a lot of shaving foam on their shirts from leaning in over the table. It didn’t stain or anything, but I did have to strip off their shirts and throw them in the wash at the end.
All up though, this was a very easy-to-set-up activity that the kids enjoyed.
Tomorrow – a super cute activity using our sand and water play table that I’m just itching to share!
Do your kids enjoy sensory play? What other interesting materials have you used?