Sensory: Fishing in Foam

My students LOVED playing in shaving cream. I bought several bottles at the dollar store each year to stock up so I could pull it out. It is a great sensory activity and the kids loved to write and draw in the foam. When we read “This Is Not My Hat” we used shaving cream (AKA Ocean Foam) for our sensory activity. We also threw in a little bit of a language element. Read on to learn more about our Fishin’ in Foam sensory activity! 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Foam Paper
  2. Scissors
  3. Shaving Cream
  4. Flat Surface
  5. Spray Bottle
  6. Food Coloring

Here’s how we did it:

  1. Cut out big and little foam fish. This will allow you to have a discussion about the difference between big and little, and help to solidify these important descriptive words! (The fish below are just little fish)
  2. Fill a spray bottle with water and add a few drops of blue food coloring
  3. Place the fish on the flat surface and spray shaving cream to cover the fish
  4. Start playing: Let the child use the spray bottle to try to break down the shaving cream and reveal a hidden fish. This will help them develop better fine motor skills by strengthening the muscles in their hand! Use the spray bottle, and hands, to reveal each fish. Talk about the color and the size, cover them back up and let the play continue on!
  5. Note: Shaving cream is also fun to draw and write in– take the opportunity to draw pictures about the book and practice shapes, letters, words, or numbers!

For more activities to accompany a reading of “This Is Not My Hat”, click here!

Author: Tawni

Tawni is a former special education teacher, now stay-at-home momma. She spends her days reading, cooking with lots of cheese, listening to professional choral music, and tickling her baby boy, Cy. She lives with her husband and son in Utah.

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