I love teaching art to young kids. They are always excited to create something new. For our art class today, we created some beautiful art using paint and shaving cream. This art project for kids can be done in many ways, however, this is what I have found works best in the classroom and at home.
First, I filled small trays with shaving cream. If possible, let kids watch as you spray out the shaving cream (or let them do it). I think for many this was their favourite part! Next, I gave each group red, blue and yellow paint and eye droppers. I diluted the paint with a small amount of water so that it could be sucked up by the eye droppers. Food colouring can be used in place of the paint, however, I prefer the paint because it is washable – which is always good when working with kids.
Using their eye droppers, everyone then dropped the paint all over the shaving cream. I encouraged them to drop paint onto a different colour of paint and see what colour they mix to become. At this point I handed out small pieces of cardstock paper. Students placed, and pushed, their paper into their colourful shaving cream and then lifted it off.
Once everyone had done a print, I then handed out popsicle sticks so children could swirl the paint through the shaving cream to create new designs. Everyone then created another print.
Once the paper is taken out of the shaving cream, children used their sticks again to scrape any remaining shaving cream off of the paper. You are left with a marble type effect on the paper. Once it dries it is perfect for a card or even a picture. This worked as a great sensory art project for kids.