Playing With Shaving Cream

Who knew that playing with shaving cream would be so perfect on a hot summer day? Apparently my kids did because they took this shaving cream idea and ran with it… literally.

Playing with Shaving Cream
Shaving Cream cake

It started as color mixing in Ziploc bags. One generous squirt of shaving cream plus a drop of food coloring per bag made for squishy fun as they watched color distribute throughout the foam. Knowing this would not satisfy their curiosity, I brought out two plastic containers on a tray (as if that would help contain the mess… ha!), reminded the kids that my birthday is coming up and asked if they would please decorate a cake for me. They didn’t get it at first but as soon as I cut a small triangle from the corner of each bag, their eyes lit up and they knew exactly what to do. The colorful shaving cream was fabulous fluffy frosting for my “cakes.”

Layer upon layer of pastel shaving cream covered the containers.

Shaving Cream fingers

Sara was more interested in building height with her “frosting” while William focused on details with a pattern of little blue peaks he created with his fingers. At this point he decided that hands were a far superior “tool” for cake decorating.

Shaving Cream on kid hands

Before long, their hands were covered, inspiring the next phase of this project. I knew it was coming… Up to their elbows in shaving cream and looking quite pleased with themselves, they took it to another level… and yes, I know, they always take it to another level.

Shaving Cream covering hands and face
Shaving cream on Sara's cheeks
Both kids covering themselves in shaving cream

Then came the foam fight; Freeze Girl versus Foam Boy. There was no apparent winner, just a lot of chasing and laughing.

Shaving Cream kids
Freeze Girl covered in Shaving Cream
Boy with shaving cream

Why was this so perfect for a hot summer day? The already warmed kiddy-pool served as the perfect spot for rinsing off when needed and sprinklers made it even more exciting. I have a pretty high mess-tolerance-threshold but I was VERY happy this project happened outside.