Christmas Tree Messy Play

Do your kids love Christmas Trees and playing with Shaving Foam? Combine the two and decorate a Tuff Spot Christmas Tree in this messy play activity.

Christmas Tree Messy Play Activity for Kids

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We love getting messy with shaving foam at home. It’s a fantastic texture for kids to explore in a sensory activity and it’s easy to clean up (win win). It was the perfect ingredient to add to a Christmas themed Tuff Spot activity to fill a chilly afternoon.

Tuff Spot Christmas Tree Messy Play

You will need:

Ahead of the Activity
I began by tracing the outline of  a Christmas Tree inside of our tuff spot with shaving foam. I then squirted more and more shaving foam inside the outline until it was full. You don’t need to invest in expensive shaving foam for this activity, discount store own brand is ideal.

I also prepared 4 different coloured batches of water beads in the morning, ready to use in this activity (they take about 4 hours to grow to full size). These were going to be the “Christmas Tree Baubles”.

Christmas Tree Messy Play Activity

Bella had to be held back from leaping straight into the middle of the Christmas Tree before I had chance to invite her to decorate it with the waterbead decorations. She loves to get messy!

We chatted about the different colours of waterbeads, as she spread them over the Christmas Tree with a handy coffee scoop. Then of course no Christmas activity would be complete without some added sparkle. I poured out glitter and sequins for her to finish off her Christmas tree nicely.

Christmas tree shaving foam activity

Then all that was left to was take her Christmas Tree down again a.k.a. mess it all up. The messier it gets the more fun it is!

When she asked me to play along with her, it was hard to resist the silky smooth shaving foam and waterbeads combination. So I got stuck in with her and we giggled away piling up the foam to make Snowmen and bake cakes. We then had fun tracing pictures into the shaving foam before it was time to get cleaned up.

Messy hands in shaving foam

I quickly wiped my hands on a towel and filled a bowl with warm soapy water for Bella to wash her hands and arms in next to the tray.This didn’t quite go to plan though. She thought that the water was the next part of the activity. And she began to scoop the shaving foam and waterbeads into the bowl of water as well.

snowman traced in shaving foam

My husband chose this point to walk into the kitchen.  And the look on his face was priceless, as he greeted the pair of us splashing around in shaving foam filled water. We did try and persuade him to join in, but we couldn’t tempt him!

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22 comments… add one
  • Leandra Bramham December 14, 2014, 6:09 am

    This looks such great fun! I think we might try something similar after christmas when we move on to snow activities!

    • Nicola Simpson December 14, 2014, 9:22 pm

      We had a ball with this! I ll definitly be getting more hands on with our messy play activities from now on as it was great fun to get stuck in with Bella with this activity.

  • Betsy Finn December 14, 2014, 7:41 pm

    I love that huge tray! Such a great idea for containing messes. We usually end up going outside for bigger projects 🙂

    • Nicola Simpson December 14, 2014, 9:24 pm

      We would usually as well Betsy but it's just getting too chilly here to get outside to do activities at the moment. This tray means we don t have to wait until summer again for big messy play scenarios.

  • Nichole {youclevermonkey} December 15, 2014, 9:31 pm

    We love our messy play here 🙂
    Shaving cream and ice is lots of chilly fun too

    • Nicola Simpson December 16, 2014, 7:57 pm

      It's a bit cold for ice play here right now but i ll add it to our summer list!

  • Amanda Vasquez December 16, 2014, 2:08 am

    My kids would love this messy activity 🙂

    • Nicola Simpson December 16, 2014, 7:59 pm

      Kids love to get messy don t they! I d definitely recommend getting stuck in yourself as well!

  • Natasha Johnson December 16, 2014, 12:04 pm

    What a huge tray! I would love to play in this, maybe with my kids but this looks like a whole lot of fun.

    • Nicola Simpson December 16, 2014, 8:00 pm

      We are really enjoying our new tray. We ve played with sand, moondough and water in there as well.

  • Caroline Elliott December 16, 2014, 4:43 pm

    This looks so much fun! We love the tuff spot, just genius for messy play though we haven't done any really messy play ik a while, Monkey would love this though! Xx #letkidsbekids

    • Nicola Simpson December 16, 2014, 8:01 pm

      I only wish i d bought one a few months ago. It s great for little ones to play in and an added bonus that it reduces the clean up for you!

  • pixiedusk December 17, 2014, 10:28 am

    That looks like so much fun! I am so glad that you to enjoyed this together cuz I dont know if you can just really watch a messy play like this! =) #letkidsbekids

    • Nicola Simpson December 17, 2014, 10:29 pm

      It felt great to get stuck right in there with her although i was a bit panicky about how we d both get cleaned up at the end but we worked it out!

  • Karen Bell December 17, 2014, 1:49 pm

    Looks like wonderful seasonal messy play fun. Great idea.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  • Eileen Teo December 17, 2014, 11:51 pm

    Love your messy play! So colourful and fun! Thank you for sharing with us #Pintorials

  • OneMommy December 19, 2014, 3:12 am

    We just used up our last can of shaving cream…. Looks like I need to buy more when I get groceries tomorrow! So fun!

  • Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily December 21, 2014, 5:06 pm

    This looks like so much fun x x

    Thanks for linking up with this week's parenting pin it party. x x

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