Oh, yes, you read that correctly. We made a shaving cream snowman! The uber-talented Allie from No Time for Flashcards shared the recipe for the shaving cream concoction she calls puff paint. She used it at Halloween to make ghosts. I thought it would be great for a snowman and have been waiting this whole time to do it. Here is what you will need to make the puff paint, 1/4 cup of glue and 3/4 cup of shaving cream. Now we did not have shaving cream, but we did have shave gel. I put about half of the amount called for of gel in a bowl and stirred it until it got all foamy like regular shaving cream. It puffed up to the required amount for the recipe and worked the same, but did have a blue tint to it.
I traced small different sized bowls onto a piece of paper for the body of the snowman. My original plan was to cut them out after the puff paint dried, but that didn’t happen. It turned out just fine without cutting. I just left it alone. You can just decide as you make yours, as well. :-) I drew a hat on some construction paper along with a scarf, some circles (for buttons), eyes, mouth, a carrot for the nose, and sticks for arms. I measured out the ingredients for the puff paint and let my son pour them into the bowl and mix them. I told him to use his fingers and finger paint the circles on the paper with the puff paint.
As he was finger painting, I cut out the shapes (and tried to keep the baby entertained by coloring with her). When he was done, I liked how it looked so we just left it on the existing paper and placed the pieces in the appropriate places on the snowman while it was still wet.
We had a blast with this project! You could easily do this again with a Santa face and use the shaving cream mixture for his beard. I also drew a quick sketch of a house window and had my son flick his fingers and make the shaving cream “splatter paint” the windows. It looked like snow flecks on the glass. It was pretty cool.
Now this does take a very long time to dry. I would go ahead and prepare your kids by telling them it has to dry overnight. That is how long it takes to dry, but it is worth it. It dries all puffy and neat. This is really great stuff and I will be using it a ton in the future, so keep your eyes peeled. You will be seeing this a lot! This does kind of splatter easily, but it was really easy for me to clean up. A big thanks to Allie for sharing the recipe and the inspiration. If you have not been to her site, go. Go now! Her button is on the right side bar. Go! Truly some cute and creative stuff.
What is the coolest thing you made out of real snow?