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Step 1: As a Montessori toddler teacher, I've had the great opportunity to try out activities that I have found in books from working at the library and have to say that working with shaving cream is my favorite so far:

Step 2: The idea behind working with shaving cream on a tabletop is that the children are stimulating their tactile senses while learning about colors.

I've also found that if you spray a mound of colored shaving cream in front of a rowdy child, turn up the opera music (I am immensely found of Andrea Boccelli), and dim the lights, you are sure to induce a calm in both you and the child.

Step 3: My poor assistant teacher was not as enthused about the idea of arming eight two-year-olds with shaving cream and food coloring...

...as the clean-up can be a bit alarming, but as she watched one of our most active (read: hyper and wild) children rub circles into the tabletop methodically, she admitted that it was a type of a "zen garden."

Step 4: I love to try out these activities on my daughter in the afternoons before dinner.

in first grade, we would put shaving cream on the desk, smear it around, and spell spelling words in it. It was fun, we learned, and the custodian got a day off.
We did the same in my school. Just to clean the desks though, I don't remember any actual learning going on. But maybe we did something, and I only remember the fun part!
Lol, I wanna try that again someday all of a sudden.
yeah. they did that in freshman seminar in my school (because apparently freshmen are still 6 and need to learn about character and stuff) and it left the desks all nasty.
we did that too!!!
Man, they would have us smear shaving cream around when I was little, I had a blast. :)
Cool idea. I'll try this with my little sister!
Just make sure to join in!
My dad has an ipod touch, and he has the zen garden app, were your finger is the rake. It's REALLY fun!!
:) !!!!!!!!!!!
What a brilliant idea. For little kids and myself!
Thanks, and I'll be over for apples!
Me have apples too ? ...pwease?
If you want to go completely zen-garden, find one of those tiny plastic toy rakes, or even a coarse-tooth comb or a hairbrush :) Ah, Montessori- best school in the history of ever.
Now, that would be great!

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