Shaving Cream Car Wash

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Veronika loves a song about going to the car wash, so I knew she would enjoy making the concept come to life with her favorite toy cars!

Shaving cream does double-duty in this game. It can either be the snow and muck getting cars dirty, or the soapy suds washing them off, depending how your toddler wants to play!

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I squirted a generous amount of shaving cream onto a tray, and showed her how to drive her cars through.

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The shaving cream is so fun to scoop up with any construction vehicles your child has. It’s also great for making tracks.

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But Veronika preferred the second step of our “car wash”, which was transferring the cars over to a bucket of warm clean water. Now, the shaving cream dissolved into suds and the water was soon thick and soapy.

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“The car’s in the muck!” she said with delight. She loved swimming the cars through this bin for quite a long time.

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Finally, we really did need to get them clean! So I added a second tray of warm water to get off the last of the suds.

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Every car was soon toweled dry and sparkly clean.

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Smart Art

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For toddlers who know their shapes, this art activity is a fun next-step up, getting them to think about how shapes link together to form familiar objects.

To start, I cut out various shapes from multiple colors of construction paper, including hearts and diamonds, as well as familiar favorites like rectangles and triangles.

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Now, guide your toddler through turning these various shapes into things they see in the world. If I put down a square, could she put a triangle on top to make it the roof of a house?

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She could! I talked her through what other shapes we might see around a house, like a smaller square for the door, or a circular sun in the sky. The concept was easiest for her if I squirted glue down in a corresponding shape first. So if she saw a circle of glue, she could glue down a circle of paper.

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Now she had a moon in her city sky! The same was true as I coached her through triangular mountains or tall rectangles for city buildings.

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Of course you can also just let your toddler have fun and glue the shapes wherever he or she wants to! Veronika did a bit of this, too, adding her own creative stamp to the project.

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We ended up with a fun variety of scenes, including one that looked like a city at night and another that resembled a mountain landscape.

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