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Shaving Cream Shapes

Time to get messy! Spread shaving cream on a flat surface and ask your child to create shapes with her finger, naming each one.

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Extending this activity

  • -Allow the child to experiment with creating his or her own shape picture. You can give a few simple rules, such as: “Your picture needs to include two squares, three circles, two rectangles, four triangles, etc."

    -Read "Color Zoo" by Lois Ehlert. Discuss with your child the common shapes used to create each animal.

Adjust for an older child

Give the child directions such as: "Connect a square with a triangle. Place a rectangle inside the square. Add a circle outside of the square." Comparing pictures will be fun as the position of each shape will be interpreted differently for each child.

Adjust for a younger child

Help the child create each shape by holding his or her finger in your hand and helping to draw the shape in the shaving cream.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Geometry

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