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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."