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Shaving cream marbling for kids

Smarties love sensory play, loves art and craft. Me, the mommy, loves to satisfy their craving for play and art using easily available items found at home. Yes, I’m a budget mommy and being on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have fun at home.

Daddy has recently stopped using shaving cream and seeing that it’s a waste to just dump it away, we took it and create an artwork out of it. Smarties were excited and started gathering all the required materials and started working on it.

What you just need is:
– shaving cream (or whipped cream, we used shaving cream over here)
– food colourings (or poster colour, we used food colouring over here)
– plain paper or cardboard to put your shaving cream
– plain paper to create artwork
– dropper (to “drop” different colours on the shaving cream)
– toothpicks (optional)

Here’s what it looked like for our activity of the day…

Smarties started spraying the shaving cream onto the big piece of blank paper. Next, they started dropping different colours on the shaving cream. Once that was done, they started mixing and swirling the shaving cream and here’s how it looked like. We used the dropper to swirl the food colourings around a bit. You may use a toothpick to do it as well. It will look marbled depending on how much “marble” it. Up to the child’s preferences, that is. Isn’t it pretty?

Oh…smarties said that the Teachers’ Day is coming and hence made some bookmarks for their teachers using these “marbled painting”. Creativity juice started flowing when the kids started to play freely with no restrictions given. As for me, I stepped in only when they needed help in laminating the bookmarks.

What do we do with the leftover  shaving cream? Sensory play, of course! We don’t waste the cream for anything. Smarties had fun mixing up the shaving cream with their bare hands and later on taking out their kitchen utensils pretending the shaving cream as their ingredients and dishes. On the other hand, mommy had a great time catching up with her housework. Isn’t that perfect?

This can be pretty messy, so do bare in mind that the kids are ready for the clean up after that. Yes, the kids. Mommy can step in to help, though. Getting the kids to clean up provides a good chance to get them take responsibility by holding them accountable for what they did, let them see themselves as important contributors to the family and getting connected to the family. We had fun even when cleaning up the mess!

Here’s a little short step by step video guide on how we create the marbled painting. We hope you enjoy the video. Till then, stay tuned for our next art and craft idea! 🙂





I am a busy mummy of 2 wonderful kids. Their thirst for learning has made me busy researching and making learning resources/materials for them. Most of the time will be according to the topics that they have requested. Otherwise, I will randomly pick a topic and create the materials for them. Most of the time, the materials will include right brain training as well. From them, I get to learn a lot too! However, material preparation is quite a challenge! It will even be more challenging if you are a working parent! Here, I would love to share what we have done and hope busy parents out there will find our materials useful for their little one. If you have any queries/comments or if you have any topics that you would like to cover with your little one(s), do drop me a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can :) Our mission is to find, discover and reveal the fun of kids learning! Drop us a message if you are interested in any of our materials. Let's make learning fun!

19 thoughts on “Shaving cream marbling for kids

    1. Understand…For me, first I have to be ok with the mess. Secondly, let them play within a certain compound/area but at least the area is big enough for them to enjoy. For the 3 years old, can start to train them to help cleaning up after the mess. That’s what i did, although not totally clean but a little help is better than none. Now that they are older, they have the habit of helping and cleaning up their own mess too 😉

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  1. Would those food colouring cling to the fingers? How do you remove them? I recently did a school project with my girl using food colouring – Oh man! I still have some blue and red on my nails and fingers after 3 days!


    1. Yes, it does but not very long, though. I guess is because the shaving cream because it is oily so the colours don’t really get stuck on the hands. We usually get it washed off easily. At most, it stays for a day or 2 not 3 though.


    1. Oh yes…tempera paint is an alternative choice. My home ran out of it so I use food colouring instead. Parents worried about colour staining their hands can use tempera paints 😉
      Thanks Debs G!


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