Little did the shaving cream manufacturers know when they first developed their product, that it would become the epitome of sensory art and sensory play for children all over.
They couldn't have known that their most ardent supporters would be young children wanting to swoosh and slide their hands through it, draw and paint in it, smooth it over their forearms (or more), and squirt it out of the canister. They wouldn't have imagined that it would be the under 6 crowd who would beg for the shaving cream to be brought down from the shelf for an art project or that it would be the most requested art material in the house.
If they had known that a family with young children would go through a canister of shaving cream in one or two art sessions, would they have clapped their hands in glee and changed their marketing tactics? Preschool teachers squirt whole containers of shaving cream into sensory tubs. Several bottles of the stuff can be used in the course of a backyard birthday party.
I think their marketing folks got their target customer wrong when they pegged the middle aged male as their ideal.
He puts, what? A dollop of shaving cream the size of a golf ball on this face and rubs it around? And does he go raving about the shaving cream to his office buddies? Or jumping up and down in the shaving cream aisle in excitement begging for more?
Of course not.
Perhaps his three year old, who does all of the above, should have been their target market. Shaving cream as exciting and cool? Plus the opportunity to go viral through word of mouth? Ah, yes… It's the three year old with no facial hair whatsoever who may be the ideal shaving cream spokesperson.
Don't you think?
Come back tomorrow, my friends, for a round up of many ways to use shaving cream for art, sensory play, and even learning. Your kids will thank you.
Update: Here's the post of 67 ideas for art, play, and learning with shaving cream.
What? No shaving cream in the art cabinet? You have the rest of the day to remedy this oversight. When you see all the fun ideas I share tomorrow, you and your kids will want to dive into some shaving cream play right away. (And if you don't want this scenario, make sure your kids don't look at the computer over your shoulder tomorrow!)
So, are your kids as fanatic about shaving cream as mine?