And, yes, I know funnest is not a word. Way back when I was a brand new public school teacher, a veteran teacher pulled me aside and gave me advice on a fun way to practice spelling AND clean the desks at the same time. Squirt a small amount of shaving cream on their desks, and have them spread a thin layer over the whole desk. They can draw letters, and then wipe the slate clean, and when you’re done practicing they rub the shaving cream into the desk and at the end, all the random crayon and pencil marks are gone. I had a brilliant brainstorm, we would take this idea, and MAKE IT BIGGER, and work at cleaning with shaving cream on the BIG SCALE!
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Set up for cleaning with shaving cream
Clear out as much of the furniture from the room as you’re going to clean with shaving cream.
Then give each kid a can of shaving cream to cover the floor with.
Ground rules for cleaning with shaving cream
- Wear something washable, your clothes are going to be covered in shaving cream.
- Do not suddenly grab onto other people. You will both go SPLAT.
- Have water handy to wash off faces from shaving cream that might have gotten in their eyes.
What we learned about cleaning with shaving cream
Cover the floor completely in shaving cream. COMPLETELY.
Maybe try making a shaving cream snowman.
Hey, we never get snow down here in Texas, so we have to create our snowmen where we can.
It won’t really look like a snowman, but the kids quite enjoy it.
Have fun slipping and sliding. It’s kind of like ice skating, and it really does get lots of random stray marks off of your floor without scrubbing.
At the end, mop all of that soapy goodness that came from cleaning with shaving cream. We’ve done this a few times, and I’ve ended up basically dumping water on the floor and getting it up with the mop. That seems to work best.
And of course, if it’s warm enough, kick your kids outside and spray them with a hose to get all of the scary shaving cream off.
Well, that’s how our cleaning with shaving cream silliness
A few random and mostly unrelated items
- A fun chore jar
- Family hobbies to strengthen family ties (perfect timing since we’re doing a bunch of fun family gaming this weekend for my birthday)
- Age Appropriate chores
- Why go on a family mission trip?
- Picnic in the family room