Stirring up colorful designs through sensory coloring

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on September 8, 2013

in Sensory Coloring, Sensory Play, Shapes and Colors

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We spent an entire day exploring crayons and so I want to share with you several of our activities. In my previous post, I shared how we made crayon patterns and for one of our next activities, we added a little sensory play to our exploration of crayons and color…

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The children began by once again, choosing a crayon from a set of crayons I had laying out on the table. I had already poured a little bit of liquid water color into bowls of shave cream to match the colors of crayons in preparation for our sensory experience…

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Once each child chose a color of crayon, I handed them a bowl of shave cream with color added to mix together with a plastic spoon. I think it would be fun (some day in my future) to put the color underneath the shave cream and have the children stir the shave cream with the crayon so it would look like the color of the crayon was what changed the color of shave cream. Just to add a little mystery to the process…

We spent an entire day exploring crayons and so I want to share with you several of our activities. In my previous post, I shared how we made crayon patterns and for one of our next activities, we added a little sensory play to our exploration of crayons and color...

But my students loved mixing in the color and once the color was mixed in good with the shave cream, we dumped all the bowls of shave cream into the center of our table (I have our magnet board on the table for this process)…

We spent an entire day exploring crayons and so I want to share with you several of our activities. In my previous post, I shared how we made crayon patterns and for one of our next activities, we added a little sensory play to our exploration of crayons and color...

Next I invited the children to pick up their crayons and dip them into their color of shave cream and begin to color with the crayon and shave cream all around the table…

Stirring up sensory crayon designs

As the children swirled their crayons around the table, the shave cream colors began to swirl around together. We stopped a few times to talk about what was happening to our colors as they began to swirl together…

Stirring up sensory crayon designs

Some of the children even noticed how the ends of their crayons were getting a swirl of colors as they went around and through all the colors of shave cream…

Stirring up sensory crayon designs

As the children mixed the colors with their crayons, the colors began to all run together until we had only one color and the crayon swirling changed to using hands for play…

Stirring up sensory crayon designs

The sensory play took on a life of its own from that point and I just stood back to observe and lend a hand if needed…

Stirring up sensory crayon designs

My students loved every minute of the process and as they were ready, they rinsed off their hands in our water bucket, and moved on to something else.  Since I used my magnetic board to hold the shave cream, I just picked it up and washed it down real quick with a water hose at the end of our day…

Stirring up sensory crayon designs

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1 Lynette September 8, 2013 at 10:46 am

Love shave cream and this idea. Unfortunately our state no longer allows shave cream in preschools.

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 8, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Hi Lynette,
Be sure they really do! https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150198944984063 See the post by Lisa Murphy!

3 Barbara Sullivan September 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm

What’s a magnet board? Is it a white board? Where would I find one this large? Thank you! Barbara, Family Daycare Provider

4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 8, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Hi Barbara,
You can learn more about our magnet board here: http://www.teachpreschool.org/2012/08/diy-magnetic-board/

5 Bette V September 8, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Love using shaving cream, but we are not allowed to use that or any food items for crafts. I also make my own play dough. Use to let children help. Now I have to make it at home so they don’t see food items being used.

6 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 8, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Hi Bette,
Why are you not allowed?

7 Erica's Family Child Care September 8, 2013 at 5:46 pm

I love using shaving cream too, but when I add the food coloring in the shaving cream, it stain their hands.

is there a different type of shaving cream do you use?

8 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 8, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Hi Erica,
I did not use food coloring and it doesn’t take much. I used Liquid Watercolor. You can see this product here and I use it instead of food coloring in all of our activities. http://www.discountschoolsupply.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?product=16821&keyword=liquid%20watercolor&scategoryid=0&CategorySearch=&Brand=&Price= I have no problem with hands getting stained with this product!

9 shanita williams September 11, 2013 at 6:07 am

Love the shave cream idea to teach clour mixing.we usually used just paint.but I think am going to give the shave cream a try

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