Mr J does not like yucky things, as he puts it himself. I’m constantly challenged by this, as I totally LOVE yucky things and making a big mess (and yes, I’m willing to clean it up too). I look for small ways to push him out of his comfort zone on this one. The finger painting turned race car painting has turned painting and making art into one of his favourite activities. I took a deep breath with this one, and hoped that our friend Miss MJ would push him out of his zone and into loving that squishy squashy feeling.
Shaving Cream Sensory Bin
OK, so initially it took a little convincing and reassurance! I convinced him it was fun, a little messy and in no time, he was playing in the shaving cream. It was an activity where I needed to sit and start it with them, and play throughout the whole time. Mainly, because I didn’t want shaving cream all over my whole living room.
As a nod to tidying up, I stripped off their shirts to make wipe down & washing our hands a breeze. You can also use play aprons or just pop clothes into the washing machine when you’re done playing.
We used all of our regular sensory bin items (trays, yogurt cups, measuring cups, measuring spoons, small mason jars), and I hid some additional little plastic animals throughout.
There are lots of other materials you can mix shaving cream with to give it a more cloud or dough-like texture (snow, flour, to name two of my favourites), you can also add food colouring and get really creative. Shaving cream mixes well with others!
Clean-up with washing our hands and a quick wipe down with the washcloth.
Have you tried any great messy activities lately? What is in your sensory bin?
a passionate recreation coordinator by day, crazy farm mama of two by night. i live outdoors: growing my own food, camping and hiking with my border collie with two active kids in tow. when I’m not writing, I’m experimenting with recipes, and crafts – or anything else that might keep the monkeys entertained.