Earth Day is tomorrow and I was planning a much more involved activity for it, but when my one year old came down with a cold this week, I ran out of time and energy to do anything too complicated. So, I went with one of my favorite, classic crafts for our Earth Day Craft…shaving cream painting.
This craft is a great way to start a conversation about how our actions affect the wildlife and world around us.
How We Made Our Earth Day Craft:
To begin our craft, I cut out the shapes that we wanted to use. Personally, I decided on a circle for the earth, a whale, a turtle, a bee, and an elephant. These were some of the animals that first came to mind when I thought of wildlife that is affected by human actions. I was in a hurry so I used my cricut to cut the shapes out, but you can easily draw and hand cut them out as well. I also decided to use cardboard from a cereal box (I set my cricut at the medium poster board setting) to create my shapes, but you can use paper instead if you prefer. Reusing cardboard seemed like it would be a good twist for Earth Day.
Once the shapes were cut out, I filled a large serving bowl with shaving cream. I set the bowl on our Fun2Play craft tray to help contain the mess.
Next, I put drops of food coloring all around in the shaving cream. Usually I use paint, but with my sleep deprived brain I used food coloring instead. Thankfully it worked just as well as paint.
After placing the drops of food coloring in the shaving cream, I had my son mix it up using a tooth pick.
For the next step, I had my son dip the cardboard shapes into the shaving cream.
Next, I wiped off the extra shaving cream. I like to use a popsicle stick for this step. When the shaving cream is wiped off, you are left with a beautiful marbled look.
Finally, I set the shapes out on a paper towel to dry. Once dry, they were ready to hang up and display in our house for Earth Day.
More Shaving Cream Fun:
For us, shaving cream crafts always turn into shaving cream “car washes.” I place new shaving cream in the large bowl and add a bowl of water and some hot wheel cars and my son can play and play. He loves it.
What You Will Need:
Cardboard (can use paper), scissors (can use a cricut), shaving cream, large serving bowl, popsicle stick, food coloring (or paint), paper towel, tooth pick
- First, cut desired shapes out of cardboard
- Fill a large bowl with shaving cream
- Place drops of food coloring or paint around in the shaving cream
- Use a toothpick to mix the food coloring (or paint) around in the shaving cream
- Dip one of your cardboard shapes into the shaving cream
- Wipe off the extra shaving cream with a popsicle stick
- Set the shape on a piece of paper towel to dry
- Repeat all of these steps for each of your cardboard shapes
- Finally, enjoy your beautiful marbled Earth Day craft!