Messy Fun

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This is not a new concept. My mother in law has done it forever with kids she watched and my boys have done it with her as well. I wanted to pass on the fun in case you’ve never done it!

What you need:

Shaving cream, pudding, whipped cream (may want to use edible for younger kids)

What you might want:

Plastic toys that can be washed off (animals, LEGOS, action figures), cookie sheet, plastic table cloth, foil, trash bag

If you are doing this on your counter you may not need a protective covering. We were doing it on our porous dining table so I layed down what I had on hand (a trash bag) and secured it with some tape. Squirt on some shaving cream (we took Dad’s shh!) pudding, whipped cream and just have fun! Plan on a bath afterwards if you use edible sticky items.

Still gets smiles from my 10 year old!

For clean up I just folded up the trash bag and he rinsed himself off

Tip: To keep the fun lasting longer introduce items slowly. Let them play with just their hands first, when that fun slows down add a toy or two, then a car or a ball etc. If you throw everything out at once the “fun” will wear off faster.

When they were younger we’d just throw them in the tub or in the summer hosed them off outside!

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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!


  1. Thanks for the memories! When I was a kid, my mom used to let us play in chocolate pudding! I've never tried it with my own boys… But def will now that you've reminded me of this sticky-finger fun! Heading off to pin 🙂

  2. tracy lynne Reply

    Fun with shaving cream but if you mix 1 can with 2 boxes of corn starch it makes fake snow-my 3.5 year old loved it.

  3. The children love this project and so do the staff! We do this on 8ft plastic fold up tables and the shaving cream helps take out some of stains on the table. Not sure how but it does. We think of it as 3 birds with 1 stone…kids have fun, it cleans the tables and smells great!

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