If you read our post on Tuesday, you might be noticing a trend…we’ve been experimenting with shaving cream! We watched all of our colored rain fall through the shaving cream cloud, and now we’re utilizing shaving cream again for some simple color mixing.
My little nugget has become an ace when it comes to identifying all of the colors she observes in her world. So, I figured we should do a simple color mixing experiment to see what happens when you mix certain colors together. What better way to do this than to create a nice, squishy sensory bag for your little one to enjoy?
I came across this awesome idea on Best Toys 4 Toddlers (http://besttoys4toddlers.com/shaving-cream-color-mixing-sensory-bag/).
Shaving Cream Color Mixing
All you need for this activity is a few Ziploc bags (storage size), shaving cream, paint (red, yellow, and blue) and some packing tape.
The idea is to mix primary colors (colors that cannot be created as a combination of other colors) to make a different color. So, take one Ziploc bag and squirt some red paint into one of the bottom corners. Squirt some yellow paint into the opposing corner. Shake your shaving cream canister vigorously and then spray a bunch of shaving cream into the middle. Squeeze out as much air from the bag as possible, and seal. I recommend placing some packing tape over the seal for extra security. One of the very first things that my daughter did when I handed over the bags was jump on them enthusiastically – I was glad I decided to use the packing tape!
I prepped two more bags – one containing yellow and blue paint, and the last containing red and blue paint. Once they were all sealed…I handed them over to my little nugget. Before she started squishing the shaving cream we talked about the different colors of paint that were in the bags already. Then I asked her if she thought we could make brand new colors by mixing both of the colors in the bag with the shaving cream. She gave me this wide-eyed, excited look and started squishing! Challenge accepted!
I think she completely forgot about the colors as she explored the sensory aspect of the shaving cream in the bag, but before long she started to notice that the colors that we started with were gone, and new colors had emerged. I engaged her by asking her what colors she saw now, and she happily exclaimed, “Orange! Green! Purple!”
We discussed how each of the color combinations made a brand new color:
Red + Yellow = Orange
Yellow + Blue = Green
Red + Blue = Purple
She also discovered how soft and fluffy the shaving cream bags were, and decided to pile them up, lay down on the comfy tile floor, and rest her head on her new fluffy pillows! This girl…light of my life!
What are some of your favorite shaving cream activities or experiments?