I had grand plans for dying rice, finding star-shaped containers, and some flags for a 4th of July sensory bin but life got in the way and I ran out of time. So yesterday when my daughter and I had some time alone and quiet (after weeks of family and running around) I used it to make this simple patriotic sensory activity.
- Gather your materials. You will need a tray or pan some shaving cream, paint (finger paint works great!), glitter, and some tools for mixing like paintbrushes, spoons, and spatulas. You can use whatever you have on hand.
- Spray the shaving cream into the pan or container.
- Add the paint. I started just by squeezing it on, then used a brush to make it look like fireworks. My daughter couldn’t care less she is 2 and has only ever seen them once. The goal for her is to mix and explore however she would like.
- Add glitter! For you who aren’t keen on glitter, you will like this, the glitter doesn’t spread all over. Ready for the kiddo- who was napping. Luckily the cream stays fluffy for a decent amount of time.
- Time to explore. She immediately went for the tools I had laid out for her.
- Asked for a napkin when she got some on her fingers.
- Mixed and mixed.
While she was exploring I narrated some, asked her what she saw, what she liked… but didn’t direct. Let them explore until they start throwing it on the floor or push away from the table. The great thing about this patriotic sensory activity is that it really does last longer than you’d think. Hours later when my son got home from the beach with his dad he gave it a few mixes too. It’s loads of fun and a great way to celebrate on the 4th of July or other patriotic holidays.