Shaving Cream and Water Beads Sensory Bin: Over the last month we have been exploring different ways to play with water beads and our beads are finally reaching the point where they are just about ready to head to the garbage. Wanting to squeeze one last fun activity out of them we mixed our water beads with another one of our sensory favorites — shaving cream! The sensory bin experiment turned out awesome and was a huge hit with the kids!
While the kids did have a blast playing with this activity and it was great for adding a fine motor challenge, it did not hold their attention as long as some of our other sensory bins have. This activity though was fairly low mess, gave me enough time to clean the kitchen while they played (a good 20 minutes), and was super easy to throw together!
Items Needed for a Shaving Cream and Water Beads Sensory Bin:
- Shaving Cream
- Water Beads
- Scoops, Bowls, and Bin
Setting Up Play for a Shaving Cream and Water Beads Sensory Bin:
To set up play we simple sprayed our shaving cream into a rubbermaid bin until it was decently full and then added water beads that were already expanded. We found our water beads at the Dollar Tree in their office/classroom section, but they are also available on Amazon for a decent price.
Once the bin was filled I simple placed out our fine motor toys, scoops, and buckets and let the kids imagination lead the way!
They started out making cookies and cakes! Colorful Meringue anyone?
And then discovered the playdough press toys (not sure what the official name of those are…the shapes with the holes in them to squeeze play dough or in this case, shaving cream, through)…
The more the kids stirred up the bin, the harder the beads became to find. Eventually we were digging our entire hands and parts of our arms into the shaving cream in search of water beads!
And once one was found it made for a slippery fine motor challenge!
(It may be a tad hard to see, but in this photo Meatball is attempting to grab on to a water bead as it slides through his fingers)…
For clean up we simple washed everything down in the sink. This activity was definitely perfect for some simple quiet time fun!