Shaving Cream “Snow”

by Wendy Copley on December 8, 2011

One of the activities I put on our advent list this year was an idea that came from Family Fun magazine: create a snowscape with shaving cream. My kids had no idea what that meant when they pulled the little card out of the box but they were pretty excited once they figured it out.

Shaving Cream "Snow"

I put out a cookie sheet for each kid, gave them each a selection of Imaginext guys, and made them take off their shirts. (That last one was a good move.) Then I sprayed a pretty good size layer of cheap shaving cream all over Augie’s tray. Once the kids saw what I was doing, they each wanted a turn with the can.


The idea with the toys was that they could make the guys ice skate, or sled or just generally play in the snow.

Shaving Cream "Snow"

I’d even taken extra care to pull a Bat-snowmobile out of the toy box…

Shaving Cream "Snow"

And penguins! But neither of the kids ended up using the shaving cream as snow.

It was interesting to watch them because I could tell they knew this was supposed to be fun, but they were also kind of baffled about what they should do.

Shaving Cream "Snow"

And at first, they did not like getting the shaving cream on their hands. Wyatt probably got up to wash his hands three times in the first five minutes. Augie just wiped them on his tummy which he didn’t mind for some reason. I guess one’s feelings about shaving cream touching them aren’t always logical.

Shaving Cream "Snow"

I gave them some rubber spatulas to play with and that’s what got the ball rolling. They swiped and wiped and squooshed the cream up into big mountains. They buried their toys and dug them out again.

Shaving Cream "Snow"

And pretty soon they overcame their distaste for having shaving cream on their hands!

They were busy with this for about an hour or so but I’m not going to lie — clean-up was a total pain. Shaving cream sticks to everything and doesn’t easily rinse out of the tiny nooks and crannies on little toys. And despite the cookie sheets, quite a bit of the cream made it onto the table. There was a sizeable amount on tummies and jeans too. I let Augie wash the toys for a bit which he just thought of as a new variation on the game and Wyatt only complained a little about wiping the table off four times. So despite the hefty clean-up time we all thought this was a big, fun success!

Does your family play with shaving cream? Any tips to minimize the mess?

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  • We also had a shaving cream party, but used the bathtub as our canvas. Recommended. My four year old daughter got naked and rubbed the shaving cream all over her body. Frankly, I was a little envious because it was an amazingly smooth and creamy foam. I could see why she did it. My husband showered her off and that was it.

  • Sarah

    I love that you did this for your boys! When I taught Prek a few years ago, we would let our 4s play in shaving cream and it was funny to see their reactions- some loved it, some wouldn’t touch it! 🙂

    When I was about 6, my parents did this for us.  They covered the dining room table with shaving cream when we were still sleeping and when we came downstairs, we got to play in it! Then we just all jumped in our pool and washed it off (my younger sister and brother had it all over their clothes and hair!!) 🙂  

  • Susan Allardyce

    This looks like a lot of fun! I’m totally doing it this weekend. I just need to make a trip to the store. The hubs uses gel shaving cream, or I’d be tempted to make it happen tonight, I wonder if a trip through the dishwasher would clean off the toys? I’ll try it and let you know if it happens to be a success.

  • When my two big boys were little I put them on the patio one day and filled our sand and water table with shaving cream (there was no sand in it!). Ethan had a wonderful time playing in it until it eventually melted away…he was entranced for hours! Owen freaked out. He was close to two…before he was diagnosed, and at the height of his sensory sensitivity. No more shaving cream play for him!

    I should do this with the little two soon. They’d love it.

    Augie looks so much like Wyatt in that first pic! I thought it was an old photo of W until I started reading. 🙂

  • The bathtub!  I saw came across this on pinterest: and set the kids up in the tub with a muffin tin full of different colors and a paint brush each and they had a blast.  Our tub has a sliding door instead of a shower curtain, which made it easier…I just shut them in there and let them at it!  When they were done, I just hosed them off, then sprayed down the tub. Perfectly clean again 🙂

  • Debbie

    If you wanted to do it at the table, I’d recommend a plastic dropcloth (watch that nobody wraps up in it, of course).  Afterward, just throw the toys and boys in the bath tub.  Warm water should rinse all the foam off. 

  • Leanne Yanabu

    My mom is a first grade teacher and does this. At the end of the school year, she puts a blob of shaving cream on each student’s desk. They swish it around, and when they wipe it off, voilá, clean desks for the next batch of students.

  • Fuzzydolly

    use a bathroom squeegie to get most of the shaving cream off the table but the drop cloth idea is good too (especially if you tape it to the underside of the table so it doesn’t move around.

  • WendyZinNC

    Shaving cream is also great for art. If you mix it 50/50 with regular white glue and “paint” with it or just smear it around, it will dry puffy. I’ve used it with my students as ghosts at Halloween, stamped it with paper towel tubes to make round moons, and of course to make snow!


    OMG, I used to get the shaving cream out for my kids when they were little! They never minded getting it on themselves, and it just cleans up like soap. I didn’t even have them take their shirts off, LOL! I’m glad for this reminder – now I will have to buy a can for my grandkids! 🙂

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