The shave cream table is irresistible in preschool

I wish everyone could have seen the delight in this little girl’s face as she was playing in the shave cream today…

Shave cream play was one of several activities the teacher had out on the classroom tables to explore…

But this little girl just kept going back to the shave cream table…

Once she would get shave cream all over her hands and up to her elbows…

She would go and wash her hands and then go back for more…

As I observed the children at play at the shave cream table, I just had to smile.  The most simple ideas are often times the most engaging…

Don’t overlook the simple!

Check out Marbled Shave Cream by Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning!

And try a little shave cream painting on a mirror from the Artful Parent!

By |2011-03-11T22:25:45+00:00March 11th, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. jessica March 11, 2011 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    we love shaving cream here ..

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 11, 2011 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      LOL – Shave Cream rocks!

  2. Centers and Circle Time March 11, 2011 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Ha ha, she’s so adorable! I love those curious one that just can’t get enough!! Shaving Cream is fun, easy and inexpensive! I love it!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 11, 2011 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      Oh, she was such a cutie pie! I have a great photo of her face I wish I could share:)

  3. Julie March 11, 2011 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    I LOVE to use touch and feel items such as shaving cream for a fun way to write letters. It is so hands on and engaging! Love your blog! 😉


    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 12, 2011 at 9:36 am - Reply

      Thank you Julie:) I noticed the children were doing a little writing play but then would quickly rub it all out 🙂

  4. Cara March 12, 2011 at 7:49 am - Reply

    My son and I just experimented with shaving cream for the first time yesterday, and he was just like this little girl! He would get it on his arms all the way to his elbows, then go wash his hands, then repeat! It was lots of messy fun, and something we’ll definitely revist in the future.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 12, 2011 at 9:34 am - Reply

      Haha Cara – that is exactly what this little girl was doing! It is so cute to watch them explore. I love it!

  5. brenda March 12, 2011 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    I also use shaving cream as a sensory experience for my children, it is true the simple things are sometimes the most successful, and enjoyed. Last month my children enjoyed water play, with shaving cream. They went back and forth from the water table, to a plain table on which I’d just sprayed shaving cream. We made a mess, and I needed to put towels on the floor to sop up water, to prevent slipping, but the engagement, and fun was worth it. The children enjoyed sliding their hands in the cream as well as the plastic whales, and other sea creatures from the water table. I’m sure my children learned things pertaining to the qualities of water, and shaving cream I’m not aware of, and all in relative silence. I’ll allow this again and again just for the pure enjoyment.

    Thanks for leaving a comment to me today on my blog, and I am now following you, and am sure I’ll enjoy reading your interesting posts.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 12, 2011 at 6:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Brenda – Your students have had quite the experience! I love it!

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