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Halloween is a fun season perfect for messy experiences and cute kids crafts. Why not combine both into one?! See how to enjoy the fun tactile experience of shaving cream art with a paper plate kids craft! Mix and play with colored shaving cream then add paper accessories to create a cute paper plate witch for Halloween!
This activity is great to break up before and after nap or even over two mornings, as drying time is needed in between steps. First, let’s explore the sensory experience of shaving cream art!
To create a shaving cream witch craft, you’ll need:
- Plastic tray or tub (to contain the mess!)
- White paper plate (we only had a square plate but you could certainly go with the traditional circle)
- Construction paper
- Wood craft stick
- Shaving Cream (hi dollar store!)
- Washable Liquid Watercolors (or food coloring or paint)
- Glue Stick
- Googly Eyes
Fill your plastic tub or tray with shaving cream. Add a few drops of watercolors, food coloring or even paint! I can’t remember which blog recommended these water liquid watercolors but so far we’re a fan. I plan to do more kids activities with these soon!
Use the craft stick and swirl around the colors in the shaving cream.
Place the paper plate into the shaving cream and press down slightly. Lift straight up. Set aside to dry. I only had square white plates in our cabinet but you can, of course, use round ones! That was part one of the craft so now it’s play time!
Let them go ahead and play with the remaining shaving cream. Pull out some plastic toys and throw them in. Grab some buckets and shovels and let them scoop it up. I set up a water table nearby so they could wash their hands or use the water as another medium for play.
Brielle LOVED scooping up and playing with the shaving cream and happily did this for 30 minutes straight. Hailey meanwhile was all about mixing then going to wash off in the water table. In any case, this part of the activity was a hit and I was very glad for the unusually warm fall weather to experience this medium!
We ended up letting our plates dry overnight and turned them into a witch the next day. Once it was almost dry I scrapped it with a piece of cardstock as there were some dried up raised flaky parts and this made it all smooth.
First, cut straight strips of purple construction paper for the hair. I actually gave Brielle, my four year old, this step to work on her scissor skills and she did great!
Cut a black hat and mouth shape and a green nose.
Use a glue stick to add these pieces and two googly eyes to complete your paper plate witch.
As we added the pieces on the girls started to recognize the witch shape and they were full of giggles seeing it come to life.
Tag me or send me an email if you end up trying out this hands on experience to make a paper plate witch with your kids this Halloween!