This is a fantastic activity to do at home with your children – big and small. I really enjoyed it too and once the kids had had enough, I got in and made some patterns of my own.
The process is very simple yet very effective. The possibilities are endless with the colours and patterns you can make.
I have tried this with food colouring and acrylic paint as it was what I had at home. I assume most of you with children will have access to these too, and I wanted to make this as cost effective as possible. They both worked really well. The only purchase I made was the shaving cream as I didn’t think my husband would be too impressed if I used all of his…
What you need
- Oven tray (one per child)
- Shaving cream
- Food colouring (or paint works too)
- Eye droppers
- Skewer/Stick/Paddle Pop Stick/ Toothpick/Fork (something for swirling through the shaving cream)
- A scraper of some sort – I used a piece of wood until I found a glass scraper. A ruler works too.
- Oh… and some children to join the fun
What to do
- Set out the oven trays and spray with shaving cream. This is the fun part and the kids enjoy spraying it themselves – if they can. Using the back of a spoon, spread out the cream to cover the base of the tray.
- Use the eye droppers to drop your food colouring onto the shaving cream. The kids can do this step easily and independently. I told my kids to use the droppers gently so they got little dots of colour all over the pictures. I had a cup of water handy to wash out the droppers before adding the next colour. If you are using paint, add little splodges of colour to your shaving cream.
- Grab your swirling stick (skewer, toothpick, garden stick, fork etc) and make patterns in your shaving cream. Whether your kids are minimalist or over the top, the patters will look amazing.
- Place the paper down onto the shaving cream and press down gently to make sure the pattern transfers onto the paper.
- Gently peel back the paper and lay it on the ground or other flat surface. Use the scraper to scrap off the shaving cream to reveal your gorgeous pattern underneath. Note: you can re-use the shaving cream to make another pattern. Leave it as is or add some more colour, it is up to you. When you are done, just wash out the tray and start again!
- Leave pictures to dry then you are free to use your paper for whatever you like. These are some of the things we did with our patterns:
- Make cards for family and friends
- Cut outs and collage
- Name plaques
- Artwork for the wall (they look great in a frame)
- Book covers
The Process in Pictures