Shaving Cream Art - Drawing on the Window

Shaving Cream Art :: Drawing on the Window


Shaving Cream Art - Drawing on the Window

Hello, my friends. This is a post that I started over a week ago about shaving cream art for kids.

Daphne’s been sick, so this past week has been a little intense. Luckily she seems to be on the mend and her fever is finally gone (Which is especially good because I’ve been carrying that little hot potato almost nonstop and it’s been so hot here. Did I mention we don’t have AC?).

Shaving cream art on the window


  • Shaving cream
  • Fingers, hands, and (optional) a paintbrush or spoon


After Maia requested shaving cream mirror drawing for the third time in a row, I suggested she draw with it on the window instead. 


Of course she happily complied! She mostly just wanted to play with the shaving cream and would probably be willing to try it just about anywhere.


Again, she spread the shaving cream around, then drew in with her finger.


And wrote in it.

I love how the light shines through the shaving cream drawings! This is such an easy project, and feels so fun and messy to children, yet is actually not very messy at all. Clean up is pretty easy and the shaving cream doesn’t leave stains like some paints might.

Let me know if you try this or the shaving cream on the mirror!

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  • Reply
    Dawn Lange
    August 12, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Fun! I just bought shaving cream yesterday for the marbling, but now maybe we’ll try this too.

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    August 12, 2010 at 7:54 am

    I’m definitely going to be letting Zoë do this on our sliding glass door. I wash them every day anyway because of doggie nose smudges. LOL Zoë’s been having alot of fun exploring her artisitic side this week with paints, chalk, markers, and stamps. The shaving cream (on a rainy day no less) will likely be a hit.

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    August 12, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Thank you for the reminder. We are going to do this RIGHT NOW!
    So sorry to hear Daphne has been under the weather. That can be so miserable, especially in the heat!

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    August 12, 2010 at 7:16 am

    It’s sad to hear that Daphne has not been well. Hope she is better soon.
    We have a great door that had to be taken out of our very old reno house. It is basically a glass door and it’s hiding down under the house. I would love to get legs put on it so we can do activities just like this one. Our windows here are too high up so it’s a bit dangerous to use them.
    Great activity Jean and I know my girls would enjoy it so much. I love seeing the joy on Maia’s face as she uses the shaving cream.

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    August 12, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    what is the worse thing that could happen if the put it in their eyes?

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    Barbara Zaborowski
    August 12, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    This is even more fun with another kid (or you) drawing simultaneously on the other side of the window. Or someone posing while the other decorates their “face”(on the other side of the glass) with beards, hats, glasses, etc, especially if you’re available to take photos of the finished product.

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    MaryAnn F. Kohl, art author
    August 12, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I’m so glad Daphne is feeling better, and now you can take a deep breath.
    The shaving cream on the window is really PRETTY!!
    Light does such wonders for artwork.

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    August 12, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I haven’t tried it, but I would love to. Especially in the bathrooms, to keep the mirrors from fogging. :)

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    August 13, 2010 at 2:46 am

    My son has sensory integration disorder and has worked with shaving cream during his occupational therapy sessions. We make happy faces, cakes, mountains… it’s a wonderful tactile experience! I agree that it’s very easy to clean up.

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    August 14, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Great! will be trying that one soon – just need to find a low window – hmm. makes me realise all our low windows are on carpet. Right – outside looking in might work too!

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    heldin im chaos
    August 14, 2010 at 7:31 am

    I’m so glad Daphne is on the mend! It can be so scary and just plain awful when wee ones are so sick! I hope she and her mama feel 100% soon!
    I love this idea! We might try it outside first. While one of our girls is extremely organized and careful, the other is more Jackson Pollock in her approach. It could be a shaving cream frenzy!

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    August 15, 2010 at 5:28 am

    Shaving cream is such fun! The texture is divine. Have you tried using it for print-making? You put it in a tray and stir some dye or food coloring on it. I have all the steps at
    Sarah Craftylocks

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    Claudia Cueva
    November 13, 2010 at 1:19 am

    You have inspired me.
    I will go out and buy some shaving cream straight away.
    Thank you.

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    jennifer perkins
    June 16, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I am totally going to try this with my toddler. Just can’t decide if we are going to do the mirror or the sliding glass door first.

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    September 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Shaving cream play on a table is great fun for toddlers too and IT helps clean up any crayon marks off of the table as well. We do it in my classroom all of the time. The classroom smells good afterwards as well.

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    Susan Syddall
    July 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Another great idea. We use shaving cream a lot but haven’t tried it on the window. Will be trying this one as well.

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