My favorite sensory bins are the ones that are easy to put together. I threw this scented blue shaving cream sensory bin together in literally like two minutes and it provided about an hour of sensory exploration for Goose.
- Plastic bin
- Scented shaving cream (Get it cheap at The Dollar Tree)
- Tempura paint
- Miscellaneous items with various textures. I used a flower shaped sponge, glass beads, a craft stick, blue colored uncooked rice, a couple pom poms, and two small plastic cups. Just use whatever you have handy!
I added peach scented shaving cream to the plastic bin, drizzled some blue (Goose’s choice) tempura paint on top then threw in a few random items with different textures.
Goose started out by sprinkling some rice over the top and stirring it with the craft stick. She said she was making a cake.
If you’re doing this activity with a younger child, just make sure no taste testing is happening. We love exploring sight, sound, touch and smell with this activity but no tasting! I set up this sensory bin for Goose during Baby Bird’s nap. She is really into tasting everything so this is not an activity suitable for her.
The first time Goose got some of the shaving cream on her finger she asked me to wipe it off. I had to tell her it was okay for it to be on her hands…
…then she dug right in!
Textures explored include soft, squishy, hard, smooth, grainy, etc…
Tiny little mess on the table but considering the potential mess this could have made, I’d say she did really well! I do not hover over her trying to prevent messes while she’s doing sensory activities. I figure that since I am giving Goose the materials to play with, I need to be prepared for the fact that messes will happen. But if the thought of tempura paint and shaving cream ending up on your floor gives you heart palpitations, just bring this activity outside if weather permits. You can also use a Splat Mat (we love ours!) or a cheap plastic tablecloth from the dollar store.
Using scented shaving cream in sensory bins is so much fun. Here are a couple other shaving cream activities we love:
Shaving Cream Sensory Pool (one of my all time favorites)
What is your favorite kids activity for shaving cream?