Shaving cream is not technically an art product, but it has to be the most requested material in our well-stocked studio. Maia loves the stuff! I can barely stand it myself — the smells (even unscented), the texture, the darn can — but she gets so much joy out of using the shaving cream every single time that I relent and buy it again and again. Not that I make a big deal out of it. And frankly, if a kid wanted to make art out of Wonder Bread and toothpicks, I'd buy them.
This time when Maia asked to do some shaving cream painting, I set out powdered tempera as well. I showed her how to dip her brush in the shaving cream, then in the paint (so it sticks), then back to the shaving cream to tint it.
Of course she had to do it with her hands, too. To her, there is no other way to paint with shaving cream. It's all about the direct contact and sensory experience.
A little sprinkle of glitter for special effect at the end and she's done.
Here are a few other shaving cream posts, in case you haven't tried this yet and are looking for ideas:
- Shaving cream drawing on the mirror
- Shaving cream drawing on the window
- Shaving cream marbling
- The first time we tried shaving cream
- Shaving cream with the art group
How about you? What's the most asked for art material in your house? By the way, I should clarify — tempera paint and markers probably get used the most in our house. But shaving cream (which I keep up high) gets asked for the most and is used with the most enthusiasm.