Every day we head to the park, even if it is only for 10 minutes. It’s a simple ritual that I greatly enjoy. A brief time of silence as the kids run around and have fun. The other day while we were at the park Meatball noticed a couple grey clouds. Not being able to verbalize what he was seeing, he acted it out until I understood. Following his curiosity we decided on painting shaving cream clouds once we got home.
This activity turned out to be so much more fun than I expected. In the past we have had a ton of fun playing with shaving cream but, quite honestly I expected this activity to not hold his attention for that long being outside and all. If given the choice Meatball is not one to pick sedentary activities outdoors…but leave it to him, this one definitely was not what I expected it to be.
Items Needed to Shaving Cream Clouds
- Shaving Cream
- Paint Brushes
- Bowl for Shaving Cream
- Large Mirror
The mirror when laid on the ground outside provides a beautiful view of the sky above. It is a great way to observe and discuss the different forms of clouds! While this is a great chance to sneak in some of those scientific cloud terms into conversation, it is also just a great activity for working on observation and language development.
Meatball and I talked about sizes of the clouds, shapes, density…clouds and shaving cream are both excellent tools for getting a child to bring out their creativity that really what you can talk about is endless.
It didn’t take long for Meatball to go from talking about the clouds while painting them to full body exploration of the shaving cream. After all some of those clouds were super big which called for the use of our hands.
One even took up the entire mirror!
While bear crawling was a lot of fun it was a tad unsatisfactory with his feet off the mirror. That was quickly solved…
and soon painting the shaving cream clouds required full balance (mirrors are slippery) and lots of coordination. But, man was bear crawling on a mirror covered in shaving cream ever so fun!
As his bowl emptied he was also responsible for refilling it with shaving cream on his own. This in itself was a fun fine motor challenge!
Overall, this activity was a blast! Who knew weather could be this fun?!