Take your shaving cream art to another level by adding scent! This idea is perfect as part of your spring activities for preschoolers and kindergarten kids.
This spring art activity was so much fun for both my preschoolers and myself. Something tells me your kids are going to have a blast with it too. I especially love the multi-sensory aspect to it.
Of course, I have to warn you. This activity is not for the faint of heart. It will be hands-on. And it very well will get messy. Me, I welcome the messy aspects of teaching young children. What are your feelings on it?
Related: Spring Messy Play Activities
Scented Shaving Cream Art in Preschool
My students and I love trying out different process art techniques, and we also love sensory play. So it seemed like a wonderful idea to combine the two with scented shaving cream art!
It turned out to be tons of messy fun resulting in some beautiful pieces of art.
Materials we used for our spring shaving cream art
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Acrylic paint in spring colors
Scented shaving cream & scented shaving gel – we used different floral scents
White construction paper
Small pieces of cardboard
Plastic butter knife
If you aren’t up for using shaving cream, I’d suggest testing this out with whipped cream.
Before we jumped into the art
Before we even started creating our masterpieces, I let the kiddos explore the shaving cream.
It’s just too inviting for little hands to do otherwise! The children spread it all over the table, running their hands through it over and over. A few of them tried to decide which “flower smells” they liked the best.
I would highly recommend you let the kids partake of this exploratory step before getting into the shaving cream art project.
Related: Blooming Trees Spring Crafts for Preschoolers
I loved hearing what they had to say during this exploration:
- “That does NOT smell like a good flower!”
- “Ooooh, it feels all smooshy and gooey!”
- “Miss Mary Catherine, it’s just like icing! Lots and lots of icing!”
- “I like this flowery smelly one. It smells better. And it looks pinker!”
Related: Shaving Cream Messy Play
After about half an hour of thorough shaving cream play, we cleaned up. This involved quite a few paper towels, wipes, and trips to the bathroom to wash up. 🙂 Once that was done, the kids and I started to create our shaving cream art.
Spring shaving cream art directions
To start off, have the kids spread a layer of shaving cream on a finger paint tray or baking sheet.
Next, let the kids add colorful designs to the shaving cream. For this project, we used acrylic paints, but we’ve used liquid watercolors for other such art projects.
We found that making small dots and thin lines worked best for us.
Next up is the marbling! Let the kids use a plastic knife (or fork or toothpick) to create the marbling effect.
I told the students it was like playing connect-the-dots, running the knife in lines and squiggles between the paint designs. This description seemed to work well for them!
Once the design is finished, place a piece of paper on top of the painted shaving cream.
Press down gently to ensure the design transfers to the paper. Carefully remove the paper.
Next up it’s time to remove the shaving cream, which will leave a colorful print behind on the paper.
Using a piece of cardboard as a squeegee, scrape the shaving cream off the paper. The paint design will remain behind.
Tip: I found that using a ruler ended up being easier and less messy for all involved. Feel free to learn from my mistakes.
Of course, now it’s time to ooooh and aaaaah at the beautiful art that’s been created!
Our scented shaving cream art was a huge hit with my students! Many children created more than one piece of art.
We also had fun creating a print, then making a second print from it. We had such a good time that our scented shaving cream art expanded past just one day.
Have you tried any shaving cream art before?
Spring Lesson Plans for Preschool
Save time and jump right into hands-on, multi-sensory learning fun with done-for-you lesson plans. Each of our preschool lesson plan packs come with:
- Printable plans (both a one-sheet grid plan and multi-page plans that describe the learning activities)
- Whole group ideas
- Small group activities
- Center time activities
- Book suggestions
- Related printables (read below the photo for specific printables)
- Blank, editable lesson plan outlines in case you want to rearrange a few things on your own!
Also available on Teachers Pay Teachers
The spring lesson pack has over 100 pages, including the following printables:
- Spring Letter Puzzles (A-Z)
- Flower Shapes
- Spring Counting Puzzles (4 versions)
- Dressed for Spring Activity (4 versions)
- Spring Number Cards (1-35)
- Color Sorting Mats (11)
- Spring Number Puzzles (1-20)
- Emergent Reader “Spring is Here!”
- Spring Rhyming Cards
- “10 Little Kites” shape mats
- Spring Picture Word Cards
- Read-Write-Make Spring mats (5 versions)
- Spring Dice Game
Also available on Teachers Pay Teachers
Don’t forget to check out the rest of All Things Kids’ Spring Sensory Play Date activities!
My prek students have done this on muslin and framed it for mother’s day. It also makes a good background for a photo of the child who made it. We use water color liquid and forks to swirl the colors around.
Mary Catherine says
LOVE those ideas, Katrina! Thank you!