Mini Monets and Mommies: Thanksgiving Cornucopia Shaving Cream Paint Art Activity

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thanksgiving Cornucopia Shaving Cream Paint Art Activity

I have a super-clear memory of making a Thanksgiving cornucopia in preschool. Back in those days only a few of us kids actually went to a preschool. My mom was in grad school, and sent me to one of the two (maybe, if that) early childhood centers in the area. It was a few days before turkey day when my teacher toted out the cornucopia coloring pages. I remember totally enjoying making the apples a delicious red and picking the perfect purple crayons for the grapes.
Cornucopia craft

Even though I have a soft-spot for this holiday coloring activity, I wanted to take it for a twist. Instead of coloring, your child can make her own puffy paint – using shaving cream and tempera! If you want to add another sensory layer onto this tactile project, consider using my Kool-Aid mix shaving cream paint DIY. Honestly, I didn’t have any drink mix on hand – so I went with a liquid tempers-shaving cream mix. You can also use food coloring (it’s likely to stain) or powdered tempera.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        Shaving cream

·        Tempera paint or powdered drink mix-- I used Crayola's tempera for this project

·        Wax paper – It makes an excellent palette for the shaving cream paints.

·        White card stock paper – You’ll want a thick paper (not construction paper) to hold the shaving cream.

·        A marker

·        Scissors

·        A second piece of card stock paper

·        Clear-drying school glue

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Draw the cornucopia shape onto the card stock. Think of it like a cone. Also draw “fruit” and “veggies”. Your child can draw simple shapes such as circle apples, circle oranges, oval potatoes and crescent bananas.

2.     Cut the shapes out.
Paper geometry

3.     Spray a few shaving cream mounds onto the wax paper. Make one per color of paint.

Kids' art

4.     Mix one color of paint (or packet of drink mix) into each mound of shaving cream. Yes, this is messy. And yes, your child can use her fingers to mix the puffy paint.

Paint colors

5.     Finger paint the horn of plenty and the produce. Ask your child what color she thinks goes with the different foods. For example, the apple is red and the banana is yellow.

Puff paint

Thanksgiving crafts

6.     Draw glue lines or swirls on to the paper. Your child can add them wherever she wants to place the painted items.

7.     Gently press the horn, fruits and vegetables onto the glue.

Kids' paint

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  1. I remember making handprint turkeys in preschool. I think I would have preferred your preschool, lol!

    1. Thanks! I still like the messy fun art activities, even as an adult!

  2. What a cute, unique idea! Very textile for those busy toddlers. Thank you for sharing on Toddler Fun Friday! Pinning now!

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  4. Love the color choice! :) When I think of the 4455 angel number I am imagining either green or blue color.