A couple of weeks ago, we had some wonderfully warm weather here in San Francisco. Pumpkin was eager to play on our patio, so I gave her a can of shaving cream and let her go. She had a blast!
She has played with it in the shower, but the patio gave her a lot more space. We have a simple rule for our patio – anything but my plants can be painted, chalked, and now, shaving creamed. A quick hose-down cleans it up. Pumpkin started by covering her balance beam to make an ice skating rink and then moved on to her slide, the table, and finally herself.
She covered her arms and legs, pretending that she was putting on sun screen. She loves to do this with paint and chalk too. Then she took a bucket of the shaving cream and stepped in, squishing it between her toes.
The sliding glass doors became an interesting surface as she discovered that she could draw in the shaving cream with her finger. Little Bird enjoyed watching from inside.
If you noticed the different outfits, this shaving cream play continued over a couple days. On the third day, Pumpkin smeared the shaving cream in her hair, reenacting her recent experience at the hair salon. Once she had the “mousse” worked in, she used clothes pins and binder clips to pin parts of her hair back, and barbecue tongs to “cut” it.
My favorite part was watching her watch the foamy water wash away when she was done. Because of the cream, she noticed the paths it took across the patio and down the drain and stood there watching the patterns until it was all gone.
This was a great activity as long as you don’t mind a little mess. Pumpkin requested it a few days in a row and spent quite a while exploring it by herself. If you want to try, we suggest shaving cream (Barbasol, specifically) over shaving gel. We tried both, and the cream held the poof a little longer.