By Guest Blogger Allison Carter

If your kids are anything like mine, they are probably getting bored of the same “ideas for fun” that I have been throwing out to them. I thought it would be a good time to share with you one of our favorite crafting activities: shaving cream “painting.”  You will need to plan a bath immediately afterwards but at least it is clean and smells delicious! This has kept kids of all ages occupied for a long time.

This is like a little piece of cloud in your kitchen. We love this activity and, again, it is so easy…even if sharing this means you can all giggle at my lady-pink Skintimates lotion.


  • Shaving cream
  • Food coloring or paint
  • Plastic mat or cookie sheet
  • Bowls or cups to hold shaving cream

After setting up a work station you know will get disastrously messy, squirt shaving cream in to various containers. My son had a good time squeezing the shaving cream himself. He got a good laugh out of that. Sigh, boys and things that “toot.”

We used food coloring to dye each bowl of shaving cream a different color but you can also use paint. Just remember that this will get on your children’s hands so think nontoxic and certainly nothing permanent.

Once you have your colors, encourage your child to get their hands in there and smear it around on the plastic mat (I used a place mat).

My son was hesitant at first but once he got started he was a huge fan. This was one of our most successful art ventures and was one of the easiest to set up. We did go straight to the bath afterwards.

This craft is NOT recommended for kids who still have the tendency to put things in their mouths and also use caution when doing this activity with children who have sensitive skin.

PS- Skintimates did not give me any compensation for this post. I just love the way their product leaves my legs feeling silky smooth after a summertime shave. Turns out it smells delicious for crafty projects, too! 🙂

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(Blog content originally appeared on “Mom in Chapel Hill”)