- shaving cream, not gel!
- white washable glue, such as Elmer’s
- washable liquid paint, such as Crayola.
- small mixing bowl or cups (I used plastic snack cups; paper cups work too)
- ice cube tray
- paint brushes, sponge brushes, popsicle sticks, coffee stirrers, fingers-for mixing and painting.
- smock, if your child will wear one
Using a small mixing bowl or cup, mix equal parts shaving cream with white glue. (Eyeball it, exact measurements aren’t necessary.) Stir well to combine. Divide shaving cream and glue mixture into smaller cups, or into an ice cube tray. I foung an ice cube tray worked great for this, and it washed up easily. Then add a few drops of colored paint to the shaving cream mixture. Stir well to combine the colors, or leave them swirly. Using coffee stirrers (or Popsicle stickes) worked great for this.
Cover your work surface and lay out paper for your child. Explain that they can use the sticks, brushes or fingers to paint their pictures. The thicker the paint goes on, the puffier it will be when dry. Let them experiment using different tools for the paint application. This type of exploratory, or sensory play, is what kids are best at doing. They can only succeed at this type of activity, as there are no wrong ways to do it!