Every time I see a Marbled Shaving Cream Art post I think - we NEED to try that!  The marbling is always soooo beautiful.  Well Christmas seemed like the perfect holiday to finally give it a try.  I was trying to decide what Christmas item we were going to marble, when I remembered how beautifully Play Create Explore's Marbled Zebra Art turned out.  Between that and the fact that we've been feeling the candy cane theme around here (we made Candy Cane Foam Dough the other day and there are more candy cane activities to come next week), the candy cane seemed like an easy and beautiful choice.

This art project is SO easy, and then of course, there's an added sensory component - what's not to love, right?  I took a shallow tray and sprayed a layer of shaving cream across it.  Then I made stripes with some red liquid watercolors (you could use food coloring, but you would probably want to do a few drops and spread it around like Play Create Explore did).  S decided to try the stripes as they were for her first candy cane.

After pressing it completely into the shaving cream, just peel it up.

This is what it looked like.  We let it sit for a few minutes while S finished making the other three prints.

After the first go, she decided to try swirling the colors in between each candy cane.

Once she was done making prints on each of the four candy canes (to make them, I just folded some watercolor paper in half and cut the shape of a candy cane - so I got two candy canes per sheet), I used the handle of a plastic knife to scrape the excess off.  Anything flat will work.  It's amazing to see the gorgeous patterning revealed!  Aren't they each so unique and pretty?

And of course, once you're done with the art, you can just play around in the shaving cream!  X was too little to understand how to make the candy canes, but he LOVES to play in shaving cream.  (Please be sure your child is old enough to understand NOT to taste or touch their eyes before allowing them to play with shaving cream)

All in all, a fun and beautiful art project with some excellent sensory play mixed in!

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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children.  As your child's parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family.  I always encourage contacting your child's pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision.  Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies).  Observe caution and safety at all times.  The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.


  1. hi, could you make this with whipped cream and food coloring? or would the whipped cream go green with mold, even if scraped off?

    1. I wouldn't try whipped cream because it "melts" very quickly. I think it would be worth a try with Cool Whip, though! It might work - I'm not sure either way. If you try it and it works, let me know and I can add it to the post!


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