Shaving cream?

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  1. msj

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    Hello, I would love to put shaving cream on my sensory table, but when I asked for it, I as told by my director that I was not aloud to use it with the children. I have one class of all 4's and 5's now and one class with 2.5's and 3's. Has anyone else run into this problem? Does anyone use similar things?
     
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    Did she tell your why? She may have an issue with menthol type shaving cream. She may be afraid the younger ones get it in their eyes. Otherwise, I don't know.
     
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    I've never put it in a sensory table, but we play with it on the regular tables. When the tables need a good cleaning, it works great! The kids love it! We write names, draw shapes, play, build, whatever. I like the way it makes the room smell. Never heard of anyone having issues with it before.
     
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    I subbed at a special needs preschool for a few days, and they put shaving cream on the sensory tables. Did your director mention why you can't use it?
     
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    We always play with it but some of our kids won't touch it, I think they are scared of it or something. I'm in a 30-36 month room, so it's about the same age. I would ask why you can't use it. Allergy maybe?
     
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    I don't put it in my table either, but my kids LOVE when we break it out on the tables... like monica said, it's a great "treat" when the tables need good scrub.

    It can't hurt to ask what the reason is... see if there's a particular kind you can use if it's an allergy issue. You definitely don't want them to get it in their eyes, but it comes off VERY nicely off anything else.
     
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    Hi ,
    Will she let you put it in small baggies that you tape. You can add food coloring and glitter and the children can swish it around.
     
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    I have heard this too on one of the forums recently but can't remember the exact reason. Maybe it was an allergy concern or fear they would ingest it- can't remember for sure. Our fire marshall won't allow shaving cream in the classroom because it is combustable.
     
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    One of my co-teachers puts shaving cream on the easels every so often! The kids love it and it cleans the easels! Also it's outside so the fresh smell doesn't take over. We use it inside too tho.

    We can pull the safety card to exclude all kinds of stuff in the classroom. We had an analyst that didn't want paintbrushes in the room!
     
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    Paintbrushes? What next, no finger-painting? :eek:hmy:

    There are scentless creams as i think someone might have mentioned. & for some of my kids I give them cars, rollers or those evil paintbrushes to use as alternatives for fun or for the non-touchers. Sometimes I use Cool Whip as well, especially for the very young who may still be on their oral kick.
     
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    I don't know why that would be, either, except for the menthol type. Why don't you suggest whipped cream instead?? Kids love it!
    Let us know the reason behind it!!
     
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    Okay...found out the reason...I'm not sure I understand it though...It's the propellant...the stuff that makes it come out.

    Oh, and I have no children that are allergic.
     
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    We had a slow day last week and I got out shaving cream. I did have 3 children who said it "itched" and when we washed their hands they all had redish streaks. They went away after a few minutes, but it did make me rethink an old favorite that I have used with past classes.
     
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    Since it's the propellant, you can buy pamolive shaving cream that comes in a toothpaste-type tube. Or you can use regular shaving cream and put it into a bowl outside, then bring it inside. Or you can use yogurt or pudding.

    It does make sense, that you can't have the propellant in your room. We can't have spray aerosol cans in the room (air freshener, lysol).
     
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    I am from Mississippi and our state department regulations prohibit the use of shaving cream. They say it is because it is hazardous for children if they eat it. We use whipped cream instead.
     
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    And it's also a soap-like material that can sting if they get it in eyes. And they will get it in eyes. However, I still use it as a structured, table-activity. I wouldn't want to use it without direct supervision because of the chances that it will be flung in someone's eyes....
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