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Shaving Cream Pumpkin Art

My children have been asking me when we could do shaving cream art again. The tactile experience helps build learning and the kids have a ton of fun playing with paint and shaving cream. So, we made shaving cream pumpkins!


  • posterboard
  • foaming shaving cream
  • paints (Halloween colors)

1. We traced and cut-out a pumpkin shape from poster board.

2. Then I poured foaming shaving cream and some paints (mostly orange with a little green and purple) into a flat-bottom container.  The kids stirred it all around with fingers and with chopsticks.

3. Gently press the pumpkin cut-out into the shaving cream and lift.

That’s it! Repeat several times if desired!

Since we had the paints already out, we tried using our mini-gourds for some “pumpkin prints”. We stamped with the bottom of the pumpkins and then cut one in half, lengthwise, to try different prints.

The paint was a little thick to make very clear prints but lots of messy fun was had by all!

Educational Connections

  • Pre-literacy: With your finger, trace upper and lower case “P’s” in the shaving cream.
  • Art: What color are pumpkins? What other things are that color?
  • Art: Talk about printmaking and how it allows an artist to create multiple copies–although there is variation in each print.
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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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