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Trucks and Shaving Foam

This is a great activity for little boys, but obviously girls love this sort of thing too!! We play with shaving foam in the bath a lot; its a lovely sensory material thats pretty irresistible to touch when its all puffed out like this:
don't you just want to stick your hands in?
This is the first time we've played with it outside the bathroom; I put loads on a tray and gave Jake some trucks and let him play. And play he did. He asked for a spoon so he could shovel the foam into the trucks and 'paint' the floor... 
Then he drove the trucks through the "mud" and rolled them on the mat to make "snow tracks" - he has so much imagination at the moment - and open ended sensory play is just perfect for nurturing that.

This play activity was so simple and produced so much fun. Combining basic toys with sensory materials that you have at home is an easy and effective way of setting up playtime, and making old toys fun again! The truck cost about £1.50 and the shaving foam was less than £1. There are loads of things you probably have at home that you can use in sensory play. Check out the ABCs of Sensory Play for all you need to know about setting up sensory play. Part 3 has a huge list of basic sensory materials, you can read it here; just scroll to 'M'.
There are lots of things you can do with shaving foam; we'll be exploring more of these soon, but imagine mixing with soil or colouring it brown for some messy muddy fun? or turning it green for toxic slime?

Shaving foam cleans up really easily too; a bit of water and a wipe and you're done!
What sensory play do you and your kids love to do?

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  1. I love this idea. What kind of shaving cream did you use? I tried one activity with shaving cream, but the smell was almost too much to bear.

  2. My little girl would LOVE this :)

  3. Fun, fun, fun!!
    Try the Nivea sensitive gel/cream - much lower odour than most!

  4. Swedblue - we've used co-ops own brand with aloe vera, and gillette sensitive - neither smell too bad at all :)

  5. Very fun! You can even give the kids a bin filled with water and soap afterwards to wash off the trucks. Pinning this fun sensory idea. Vicky from www.messforless.net

  6. Thanks for sharing on Friday Finds. Looks like a lot of fun. i love the clean smell of shaving foam :)

  7. My children would love that. Its sort of messy/clean fun!

    Thanks for linking to Science Sparks xx

  8. This is great, my son would love this and the weather is perfect for it.

  9. Thanks for linking this fun idea to Tuesday Tots. I've featured it this week :)

  10. We often finger paint with shaving cream but this is a great idea as trucks are a HUGE hit in our household. Thanks for the tip!


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