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Since the start of the school year, both kids have been learning at full speed.
At the start of the year, my son could recognize all his numbers but still struggled to write many of them. My daughter has also been learning her numbers as well as her letters.
One afternoon both kids had been struggling a bit with writing various things. I really wanted them to get it right, but they were finding it very laborious to keep erasing their work and re-writing it.
So to spice it up, I pulled out some trays and some shaving cream and invited them to try some shaving cream writing.
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I placed just a dollop of shaving cream in the middle of each kid’s tray.
I then invited them to spread the shaving cream all over the tray in order to create their writing surface. At this point, I was already hearing giggles.
I then started giving QBoy words to spell.
And I gave XGirl numbers and letters to write.
The kids loved the sensory aspect to this activity. They also loved how easy it was to “erase” a mistake by smearing the shaving cream. And I loved how easy it was for me to support their learning with the shaving cream writing. I could guide their hands to form the letter/number/word correctly if needed. And I could quickly write an example in the shaving cream for them to copy.
This shaving cream writing activity really spiced up our learning one afternoon. I also directly credit this activity with helping XGirl learn to write the number ‘4.’ She had been struggling with how to correctly form the number until we did shaving cream writing. With this activity, she was having so much fun and found it so easy to practice the number over and over that she built some muscle memory and finally learned how to write a ‘4,’ which made her a very happy girl!
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Hi, I’m wondering where to find the trays that you use. Great idea.
The large trays we use are the Easy Clean Craft Trays from Lakeshore Learning: https://www.lakeshorelearning.com/product/productDet.jsp?productItemID=1%2C689%2C949%2C371%2C898%2C055&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395181113&bmUID=1512577351847
Love this idea especially! Children are learning to write their name in an exciting way. They are also learning to be creative.
The use of shaving cream is tickling their senses of touch and smell….Sounds like found!
This is such a fun way to get kids engaged, by getting a little messy and hands on! Also any mistakes can easily be wiped away and can be tried again!