I recently saw this great idea on Pinterest (of course) from a blog called Mess For Less. The post was about how to make your own marbled greeting cards and wrapping paper using shaving cream and food coloring.
You may recall I’ve mentioned in a past post that shaving cream is a wonderful material for introducing kids to messy play, even those who are hesitant or avoidant of tactile sensory experiences. (Click here to read that post.)
I loved the Pinterest greeting card idea because it takes a sensory play experience and turns it into something even more practical and meaningful! For those who seek or are comfortable with messy play, you can have them swirl with their fingers. For kiddos who aren’t so sure about the whole thing, give them a paintbrush, Q-tip, toothpick, fork — really anything! — to hold so they can still participate in the activity without becoming too overwhelmed or anxious. Using tools like those I just listed is great for ALL kids as they develop their hand skills and are getting their finger muscles ready to properly hold a pencil.
This activity is super versatile and can be used to personalize gifts for pretty much any occasion…isn’t Father’s Day is coming up soon (hint, hint, wink, wink)?
Be sure to visit the original post on the Mess For Less blog for further instructions and cool pictures of how she used her kids’ various marbled creations.