Water Beads and Shaving Cream: 2 Messes in 1!


I’ve been determined to find fun ways of playing with water beads that didn’t include me tearing my hair out.  Read my past experience with water beads if you don’t know what I’m talking about.
I was looking in my craft closet the other day and I saw our can of shaving cream.  I immediately thought…shaving cream is getting boring, how can I use it in a different way? 

Then BAM!  it hit me!  Let’s cover the water beads in shaving cream!

I dumped the water beads in our sensory tub and covered them in shaving cream.  The texture was amazing! 

J isn’t always very happy getting his hand dirty, so I included a spoon and some cups.

He was a little weirded out by the shaving cream and didn’t put his hands all the way in the mess, but he did enjoy scooping up the beads with the cups and dumping them out.  He soon forgot that his
hands were covered in shaving cream, and just enjoyed the play.

The best thing about this is that the water beads will not bounce all around when covered in shaving cream.  They do make pretty cool designs when dropped though!


It’s an easy clean up because the shaving cream washes off so easily.  Remember, water beads can not go down the drain!  I used a colander to rinse them off before drying them out again.

This is a wonderful sensory activity for any aged child. It kept J’s attention for a long while and encompasses so many different senses.  Plus, for messy play, it’s not THAT messy!

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I was a Mental Health Counselor who worked with children and mothers in both individual and group counseling environments before I became a Stay at Home Mom to two boys. I have a Bachelors Degree in Child Development and Family Studies and a Masters in Counseling where I specialized in Play Therapy.


  1. says

    I’ve heard about water beads, but your post convinced me to finally give them a try. I could see some painting activities too…hmmm… :) Thank you for the inspiration!

    • says

      You must go try them…they really are fun. I haven’t painted with them (yet) but I’ve seen other bloggers do it and it looks awesome! Hope you and your kiddos like the activity.

    • says

      Try them…they really are pretty cool. I can tolerate them better with the shaving cream. I’m not a big fan of them bouncing all over the house.

  2. says

    That’s a fun looking idea! We’ve got tons of water beads here so it’s great to see some different ways to play with them! Thanks. Now following your blog :)
    (Learn with Play @ home)

  3. says

    I LOVE this combination! My kids just tried shaving cream on its own for the first time this week, and loved it.

    Did I read correctly that you dry out water beads and re-use them?

    • says

      I do dry them out and re-use them! I lay them on a cookie sheet layered with paper towels. It takes a few days, but eventually they end up the same size as they came in the package. Now, I don’t feel bad about throwing them away and it’s more frugal!

  4. says

    Oh no! I didn’t even think of them not going down the drain! I had a few fall in yesterday. Now I’m very nervous. Cool idea to use shaving cream!


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