Shaving Cream Easter Egg

Finger painting with shaving cream allows children to explore, experiment, and create – all while strengthening their senses. Let’s finger paint some Easter eggs!

Simply add a few drops of watercolor to the shaving cream, and blend. Give the children a large egg shape (download the free template here) or, depending on their age and ability, encourage them to cut out their own. Allow the kids to work the colors into the construction paper with their fingers.

What’s so great about this activity, is the way the shaving cream adheres to the paper. It goes on so lightly and dries almost instantaneously, yet it remains rich in color. The eggs don’t become soggy, making them prone to tearing or ripping like they normally would with regular paint or straight watercolor.

Preschoolers may then glue (a dab will do ya) their eggs onto a bigger piece of construction paper. Add some Easter grass, and voila! This colorful finger painted egg is the perfect Easter decoration for any bulletin board or refrigerator.

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– Glue
– Our free printable egg template
– Scissors
– Easter grass
– Shaving cream
– Watercolors

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Rainbow Toast

An engaging story and a colorful, tasty snack. Could there be a better way to introduce a new, slightly warmer month? We don’t think so; bring on the rainbows!

Start by reading a book about rainbows. There are so many wonderful ones to choose from. Two of our favorites are A Rainbow of My Own by Dan Freeman and What Makes a Rainbow? by Betty Ann Shartz. A Rainbow of My Own is a heartfelt story about a little boy who imagines having a rainbow of his own and all the things that he would do with it. What Makes a Rainbow? is a brightly illustrated board book that teaches children about colors. It is perfect for younger children (toddlers) and will undoubtedly capture their attention as a rainbow of ribbons magically appear when the pages are opened.

Now it’s time for rainbow toast! This activity is so simple and the kids love it.

MATERIALS USED:

– Bread
– Assorted food colors
– Milk
– Paint brushes
– Small, clear containers

Place 4 drops of food coloring into each container. Add enough milk to obtain the amount needed. We filled our cups half way. During this step, be sure to discuss color mixing with your child/children. Demonstrate and talk about how yellow and green make blue, and how red and blue make purple.

Let’s make our rainbows. Using a brush, gently paint the colors across the slice of bread. Monitor the amount of liquid used to avoid soggy, torn bread. When finished, toast to your liking. Spread with a little butter or margarine, and enjoy!


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