My kids think these are hilarious. They play “ice cream shops” in the shower or outside they pretend feed their plastic babies ice cream. They have also used paint brushes and painted with it like watercolour paint.


  • 1 Can Shaving Cream
  • 5 Drops Food Colouring
  • 1 - 6 Party plastic shot cups


  1. Fill each plastic cup up with shaving cream similar to a soft serve ice cream. I recommend using shaving cream for sensitive skin or organic shave cream.
  2. Put your food colouring in a bowl or cup and with a straw or spoon dip the end in and swirl it around the shaving cream.
  3. You can also put colouring in the bottom of the cup (see picture for variations).

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  • A cheap and fun activity! I remember doing things like this with my sister when I was younger and when my son is a tad older Ill do this with him


  • Clever, providing your kids are old enough to know not to eat them.


  • My toddler keeps playing Ice Cream shop with imaginary ice creams so this would be cool but I don’t think it would be a good idea with my 8 month old around.


  • That is cool to have a ice cream shop in the backyard

    • Another great way would be to have the cream in a can so if the child eats it they won’t be sick


  • The next step up from mud pies :)


  • Your beautiful creation reminds me of my childhood. They look so beautigul


  • Yassssss. Best idea. My terrors will love having fun with this messy activity ! Thanks for sharing.


  • Looks like a fun but messy project that kids will love. Thanks


  • good for imagination. Do they ever get tempted to eat them?


  • They look so cool! A great idea. Thank you


  • Would be great for a rainy weekend – you get let the kids create ice cream shaving sundaes in the bath!


  • Great different way to paint. My kids will love this. Thanks for sharing.


  • Reminds me of when I was a kid and my brother and I used old jar lids to make mud pies (out of mud). Silly but lots of fun.


  • Thanks for yet another great idea. I wish I had a good imagination like that


  • That looks cool, and making pictures would be fun


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