Mom, I'm bored

Here’s a good summertime (or wintertime) activity with the kids when things get a little dull. It gets pretty messy with my kids, so I always do it outside. Maybe your kids are not so messy and you’d be willing to try it inside, but do so at your own risk. 🙂

Shaving Cream Prints

  • A can of shaving cream (not the gel type)
  • plastic knife (one per kid)
  • liquid food coloring
  • toothpicks or skewer
  • baking pan or sheet, a little bigger than your paper (one per kid)
  • plain white paper (printer paper works fine)
  • a piece of cardboard with a straight edge.

Also helpful:

  • a hose (for rinsing hands, pans, etc)
  • paper towel
  • garbage can or bucket
  1. Cover your paper plate, pan or whatever with about an inch of shaving cream. Use the knife to spread it evenly, so the top is reasonably flat and smooth.
  2. Put single drops of food coloring on top of the shaving cream, with a lot of space between the drops.
  3. Using a toothpick or wooden skewer, gently trace lines through the food coloring to make interesting, marbled patterns.
  4. Carefully place a piece of paper on top of the shaving cream, making sure you don’t slide the paper around. Pat gently to make sure that the entire surface of the paper has come in contact with the shaving cream, with no air bubbles.
  5. Carefully remove the paper and scrape the shaving cream off with the piece of cardboard.
  6. Let your creation dry!

You can make multiple prints from the same shaving cream/food coloring. When you no longer like how your prints look, just add a new layer of shaving cream on top and start over!