Art activities for kids : Shaving cream drip art

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Art activities using shaving cream and water colors

With young kids around most of the art activities we share are very open ended process based art activities which are easy to put together. Often time the products of these process based art activities turn out to be so beautiful that you are happy that the product is just as great as the process.

Today we are sharing a drip painting on shaving cream art activity.

Things we used
  • Cut up shapes from cereal boxes
  • Shaving cream
  • Liquid water colors
  • Pipettes

The only preparation you need for this art project is the cutting part. But that’s optional. All you need is a thick paper or cardboard. I cut out a few shapes from cereal boxes and outlined them with permanent markers.

materials needed for the shave cream art

I set out our shaving cream cans and our favorite liquid water colors with pipettes I had purchased online. Links at the end of the post.

liquid water colors

Off we went enjoying some sensory play while smearing shaving cream on cut up card board. You need to have a thick coat of shaving cream on the cardboard so that colors have enough thickness to seep in. This is definitely a fine motor activity. See! fine motor activity rolled into an art project!

applying shaving cream for the art project

Of course my toddler was around trying to keep up with big sis. But this is how a  2.5 year old “gently applies shaving cream”.

toddler with shaving cream

This is the same toddler who learned very quickly from big sister and is demonstrating some serious fine motor skills. She is prepping the canvas for some vibrant art activities.

toddler using fine motor sklls

After shaving cream has been applied, there will be some buckling with the cardboard.  Never mind that! Then  the kids “painted” their shaving cream canvas with drops of super vibrant liquid water colors.

Drip painting

Another opportunity to practice fine motor skills : While dropping the water color kids need to have good control over the amount of color dispensed from the  pipette. My older was pretty good at it and let go of the water colors literally drop by drop. Her rationale : “I just do 1 drop for 1 color so I can do many colors and it will be super pretty” Works great for me!

drip painting shaving cream

My toddler– not so much with the control. But she was fantastic given her age..She did squirt out the colors on the shaving cream and they looked absolutely brilliant. I cut up a few letters for her to color, paint and smear.

art with shaving cream

Some more drip drop art activity.

drop art with shave cream

Art activities are a great way to add some intentional learning component. I always try to add bits and pieces. For instance in this art activity  I had initially intended for the kids to explore shapes and color them with the water colors. So I cut out a few geometric shapes along with a few letters.

shave cream art work

The hearts looked so adorable

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I just loved seeing all the beautiful results of our  colorful shaving cream art activity.

art project using shave cream

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 With younger kids you can do the same activity with a different focus. Check what Learn Play Imagine did in this fun shaving cream post.
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  1. How long did it take for them to dry? I’m considering it as a preschool/K group activity.

    • TurkeyMom says:

      Since we are essentially talking about water colors on shaving cream, they don’t truly dry. The colored shaving cream goes flat after a couple of hours and it looks pretty colorful even after that.

  2. The shaving cream doesn’t harden up does it?
    So you can’t really keep the artworks for a long time?

  3. This is truly unique! Love the sensory aspect of it and the color.

  4. These turned out so beautiful! We’ve painted with shaving cream before, but never quite like this. I’m pinning this to try with my kids!

  5. Katie King says:

    Mix white glue into the shaving crème. It will stay puffy after it dries!! We do this a lot for winter scenes and snowmen!!

  6. carrie foster says:

    add glue to shaving cream and it will turn into puffy white and it does dry

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