Shaving cream seems to be a staple material in early childhood classrooms, no? I buy cans of shaving cream at the Dollar Store and keep them handy for activities like this one, which is a great way to combine letter learning practice with sensory play.
The next installment in my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series is Shaving Cream Letters. Making letters in shaving cream is a wonderful way for kids to practice letter formation.
For this activity, I started by squirting a dollop of shaving cream onto a tray. Then I invited my kids to use their hands to spread it out so the shaving cream would cover the entire tray.
Then I called out letters for them to “write” in the shaving cream.
The best part about writing letters in shaving cream is how easy it is to “erase” a letter in case of a mistake or simply when it is time to write another letter.
Whereas erasing pencil marks with an eraser is tedious and time consuming, erasing shaving cream letters requires only that kids rub the shaving cream with their hands to spread it out again.
And then kids can get on to writing the next letter.
Clean up is easy too, since shaving cream washes easily from the trays. Yay for fun and engaging letter practice!
More ways to teach to the alphabet
More alphabet posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Erasing letters with a Q-tip
- I spy letter hunt
- Letter puzzles
- Making “alphabet soup”
- Smash the puffy letters
- Mini letter hunt with a magnifying glass
- Kinetic sand letters
- Letter hopscotch
- Crystallized letters
- Letter hop
- Yarn wrapped letters
- Letter tic-tac-toe
- Rainbow letters