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Get Adaptive: Shaving Cream Sensory Play

Engage with your child through a variety of different skills and concepts

Sensory bins are a fabulous tool for learning, including for kids with disabilities. The bins are a quick and easy way to get children engaged while exploring a variety of different skills and concepts. Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation suggests one way to use these bins is through the Alphabet Car Wash. This allows your child to work on letter recognition, sharing, and fine motor skills.

Materials Needed:

  • Shaving Cream
  • Hot Wheels
  • 2 Crafting Trays or Sensory Bins
  • ABC toys/buttons
  • Fine Motor Tweezers
  • Spray Bottles

Now that you have your materials, follow these step-by-step instructions.

Step 1: Put your two crafting trays on a flat surface and fill one with shaving cream. In the other tray pour a very tiny amount of water. You don't want to put too much water as kids will be spraying water into this tray as part of the cleaning process.
Step 2: Fill your spray bottle with water and set out your fine motor tools, like the large tweezers.
Step 3: Put your ABC toys and Hot Wheels into the tray with the shaving cream. You can use whatever toys you would like but remember they will be getting wet during the cleaning process.
Step 4: Ask your child to pull out certain letters with the tweezers. You can even join in asking your child to tell you what to grab. You'll be working on letter recognition, sharing, and fine motor squeezing skills all at the same time.
Step 5: Each time your child pulls out an item from the shaving cream bin, have them use the spray bottle to clean off the shaving cream over the other bin.

Looking for more adventure? Check out Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative's Library @ Home and Summer Reading Challenge.