I’ve been determined to find fun ways of playing with water beads that didn’t include me tearing my hair out. Read my past experience with water beads if you don’t know what I’m talking about.
I was looking in my craft closet the other day and I saw our can of shaving cream. I immediately thought…shaving cream is getting boring, how can I use it in a different way?
Then BAM! it hit me! Let’s cover the water beads in shaving cream!
I dumped the water beads in our sensory tub and covered them in shaving cream. The texture was amazing!
J isn’t always very happy getting his hand dirty, so I included a spoon and some cups.
He was a little weirded out by the shaving cream and didn’t put his hands all the way in the mess, but he did enjoy scooping up the beads with the cups and dumping them out. He soon forgot that his
hands were covered in shaving cream, and just enjoyed the play.
The best thing about this is that the water beads will not bounce all around when covered in shaving cream. They do make pretty cool designs when dropped though!
It’s an easy clean up because the shaving cream washes off so easily. Remember, water beads can not go down the drain! I used a colander to rinse them off before drying them out again.
This is a wonderful sensory activity for any aged child. It kept J’s attention for a long while and encompasses so many different senses. Plus, for messy play, it’s not THAT messy!
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