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Shaving-Foam Water-Beads Sensory Play

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Shaving-foam water-beads sensory play is a fun sensory kids activity to stimulate tactile senses in children while exploring different textures.

Shaving foam (or cream) is a wonderful and relatively inexpensive material to use for many different kids activities: from learning to sensory play and tactile stimulation. Sensory play is extremely important for children, where they get to explore different mediums such as water, sand, play dough, rice, etc., while stimulating various senses, triggering neuron connectivity and learning through play in the process. Today, we are exploring shaving-foam and hydrogels (water-beads) through a fun sensory play.  

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growing-water-beads-kids-sensory-play

We are using a 12-pack water beads combo (buy here). Just add water and watch them grow! (See a video of water beads growing here Sensory Exploration with Hydro Gel Water Bead.)

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coloring-shaving-foam-kids-activity

First, children added food coloring to the shaving foam. 

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pouring-colorful-water-beads-in-shaving-foam

In about an hour, hydrogels (water-beads) fully expanded, ready to be added to the foamy mix. 

Through this Shaving-Foam Water-Beads Sensory Play

A child is stimulating:

  • the tactile sense of touch by manipulating different feelers and by feeling the texture of the foam and gel beads,
  • the visual sense of sight by discriminating the colorful rainbow array,
  • the olfactory sense of smell (the shaving foam’s fragrance permeated the space),
  • the only sense that was omitted, was the sense of taste (neither of the fillers are edible).  
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colorful-water-beads-in-shaving-foam

We ended up with a beautiful foamy array of rainbow colors and different textures. 

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Shaving-foam-water-beads-sensory-play

During the sensorial work, a child, what Dr. Maria Montessori called:  a “sensorial explorer,”  is able to concentrate on the refinement of all the senses, from visual to stereognostic. Manipulation of different textures and fillers triggers sensory stimulation, which strengthens neuron-connectivity and spurs neuroplasticity (the production of new connections between neurons and new neurons themselves), which in turn increases brain’s agility. Also, with sensory bins, the cleanup is minimal since everything is contained in a tray, tub, tin, box, or any other container.

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Messy-Shaving-foam-water-beads-sensory-play

Sensory messy sensory play is definitely a favorite here!

Please, always supervise your children.

Which one is your favorite fun sensory kids activity?

For more Water-beads sensory play

We used red hydrogels in our “๐Ÿ’‰ Inside of the BODY Anatomy Unit Study” – read here

For more on color mixing, read HERE “๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™โค๏ธPrimary Colors, ๐Ÿ’ฆWater & Paper Capillary Action โŒ›๏ธTimelapse โš—๏ธ Kids Science Experiment (๐ŸŒˆ Rainbow Walking Water Capillary Action).”

For more on sensory bins, see here “โœจThe Universe ๐Ÿ‘‹๐ŸปSensory Bin (๐ŸŒŒCOSMOS Unit Study).” Also, read here “๐ŸŒฝ Corn Sensory Bin with ๐Ÿ”ค Alphabet Letters (Sensorial + Language Activity),” and read here a post “Valentine’s inspired Love โค๏ธ๏ธ Sensory Bin,” and  here our “Christmas-inspired Shredded Paper Sensory Bin with a Math twist.”

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