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Friday, October 11, 2013

A little sensory play

We made clouds this week in our family class for ages 2 and 3. Shaving cream is such a great material for sensory play. It's so soft and squishy. My kids love to play with it in the bath. They rub it all over the tub and all over their little bodies. Lots of laughs come from the bath when I break out the shaving cream.
For class today I was trying to figure out an easy and washable way to add color and this is what I came up with.  I took colored chalk and crushed it.  I didn't want to get chalk all over my mortar and pestleI so I used a hammer in a bowl. I bought a sifter at a thrift store for a way to shake the color onto the shaving cream to make the clouds change color.

We read a book on clouds. It's a great way to get kids to associate words and literature with their own world and with their own art making. I chose to read "Cloudette" It's a sweet story of a little cloud accomplishing big things that suit her well.

I then spayed the shaving cream on the table

Some kids have this reaction to the shaving cream.

And some kids have this reaction. Either way, they approach this material in their own way.

They smudged and smeared. They drew and erased. They piled it up and squished it down. I then added some of the colored chalk with the sieve, like rain. The shaving cream then became a new experience again.

Both parents and children did a lot of laughing and exploring.

Happy Exploring.

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