Monday, June 24, 2013

100 Days of Play Presents: Ice & Lava Sensory Baths


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For my day of play I'm sharing one of my son's favorite activities: shaving cream in the bath.  He would do this every day if he could.  Our last round consisted of creating an ice bath one day and a lava bath another.

All you need for either bath are shaving cream and food coloring.  The shaving cream I purchased at the dollar store.

 For ice, mix blue food coloring with the shaving cream.  
Add some blue coloring to the bath water then let them go wild with the water and the shaving cream.
 My son, splashed around in the "cold" water.  He often wears goggles so he doesn't get water in his eyes.  
After playing with the shaving cream, the residue floats around in the water.  My son thought it looked like snow.  He's pretending he's "frozen".

My son does his own thing but you could add Arctic/Antarctic animals to your bath.  If you have easy access to foam sheets, cut some irregular shapes from white foam, creating icebergs for the animals to float on.  If it's a hot day, add some ice to help them truly cool down.    

Of course after taking a "cold" bath, the next night my son wanted to take a "hot" bath.  He asked me to make him some lava.  I mixed red and yellow food coloring into the shaving cream.  More red, then yellow.  
I also added red and yellow color  to the bath.  
It wasn't long before he painted himself with the lava.  

He had some dinosaurs join him in his lava bath, but my son is a fickled one.  He wouldn't let me take any more pictures.  His dinosaurs got very clean that night though.  

Now go, have a bath!  What will your kids imagine the shaving cream to be?  

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1 comment:

  1. My kids love playing with shaving cream in the bath. I never thought of adding the food coloring. This is such a fun idea! Thanks for sharing in our 100 Days of Play!! Your post has been linked is is scheduled to be shared!

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