Thursday, June 9, 2011

Shaving Cream Painted Rainbow Fish

shaving cream painting rainbow fish

shaving cream painted fish

We read The Rainbow Fish and did a shaving cream painted fish for our stART project today.  The kids enjoyed our Easter egg cards that we painted this way, so I thought this would be fun to do again. 

Rainbow Fish template (make one for'll see why, it's too enticing to not try!)
white card stock paper
tempera paint (acrylic will work too, and be more vibrant)
large dish
stir stick
googly eyes, optional glitter

shaving cream painted rainbow fish
Sassyfras dove right in and didn't care about the mess on her hands!

Start by letting the kids squirt the shaving cream in the dish and smoothing it out a little with the craft stick.  You can use any color paint, but we went with green, blue, purple, and silver to make it look like the colors in the book. 

shaving cream painted fish
Juiciness was a little more tentative, which surprised me.  Notice the one finger poke method.

Have the kids pour a a giant glob  little paint over the top of the shaving cream.  Gently swirl the colors through the surface of the shaving cream.  Then, take your fish cutout and press it lightly into the shaving cream/paint mixture.  Let it sit for a 30 seconds or so and lift it out as smoothly as possible.

shaving cream painting

Set the fish aside for a few minutes and allow the color to "set up" before squeegeeing the mixture off the paper.  My kids needed some help with this step (so no pictures), but just start at one end and wipe smoothly across the paper. 

shaving cream painting with kids

The silver paint didn't show up on the fish, so we sprinkled a little silver glitter on after the excess shaving cream/paint was removed, but before it dried.  Glue the googly eye on after the fish is dry.

shaving cream painting

This project is a little messy with young preschoolers, especially if you're brave enough to let them play in the shaving cream mix afterward.  We did this outside on the deck so we could rinse off with the hose after!

Linking to:  Kids Get CraftyWeekend Wanderer, Read Learn, Explore


Sherri said...

This is a project I think my wee ones will really enjoy!

Elle Belles Bows said...

Oh my gosh! CUTE! Love that you added the little google eyes! Maybe Ella will want to get messy and try it!


RedTedArt said...

Ooooh I love the rainbow fish! It came out beautifully! How fab! We are yet to try using shaving cream foam to craft with, it looks such fun!!

Thank you for linking to Kids Get Crafty - lovely to have you stop by!


Ticia said...

That turned out so cute!

And playing in the shaving cream is the best part of it all!

Brimful Curiosities said...

We still haven't tried out a shaving cream craft. Will have to go on our bucket list! :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. This counts as an entry in the Summer Reading Challenge.

I think I will be trying this outside too.

Michelle said...

I have been wanting to try shaving cream painting with the girls. I absolutely LOVE how this came out. Thank you for the inspiration!