When I taught Kindergarten, my students loved writing words and letters with shaving cream. But, boy was it a mess! Shaving cream is great for tactile learners, but I wanted to have something they could use without making such a mess on my tables. These ABC shaving cream mats are perfect for preschoolers and kindergartners.
That’s why I had to create these, ABC Shaving Cream Mats Printable, for my little preschoolers to practice their handwriting skills. Of course, they had to be monitored or else shaving cream would be everywhere! To prevent them from using so much on the mats, I squirted some shaving cream in a disposable cup for them to share. This is a fun, sensory activity for tactile learners.
Teaching Handwriting Correctly
So, one major pet peeve of mine is watching my kiddos write the letters the WRONG way. Goodness, it drives me crazy! Is anyone else the same way?! Please tell me I’m not the only one that goes nuts every time I see one of my little ones make her A’s with the motions completely wrong! Every time she goes across backwards, it makes my insides go a little crazy. She has a strong will and it takes ALL of my patience to teach her the correct way and get her to continue doing it that way, instead of going back to her bad habits.
I think it is especially important to teach children to write the letters in the correct way. If they form their letters correctly, they will be able to write at a faster pace. The letters will just flow more naturally and their fine motor skills will also be benefited.
How to Make the ABC Mats
First, you simply print off the ABC Shaving Cream Mats Printable, onto colored cardstock or white cardstock and laminate them. I printed off A to M on one side and then put them back in my copier and printed off N – Z on the other side to save card stock. I also printed some off on regular white paper and glued them on each side of colored construction paper. This would work if you do not have access to a copy machine, because the cardstock will not print off on a regular printer.
This is what they look like on the construction paper.
How to Use the ABC Mats Effectively
What’s really great about these mats is they have words to say aloud while writing each letter. For example, on the letter A, it says, “Down, Down, Across.” This is an auditory reminder of the correct way to write each letter.
When I introduce or review a letter with my children, we always hold up our imaginary pencil (our finger) in the air and say the words aloud while writing the letters in the air. So, for letter A we would hold up our finger and say together, “Down, Down, Across.” We practice this multiple times. I may have each of my children come up to the whiteboard and write it on lines before we do the shaving cream mats. Next, I get out the shaving cream mats and squirt a little bit of shaving cream in the disposable cups. I model how to dip your finger in the shaving cream. Modeling is so very important. Kids need to see the proper way to do it each time to do it right and save your sanity too! Ha!
As your kiddos do this activity, have them say the words at the top aloud with each A as they write. For example, every time they write an A with shaving cream, they should say, “Down, Down, Across.” Repetition is a successful approach when it comes to handwriting. Practice those letters over and over and you will begin to see neater handwriting.
From what I have learned in teaching kindergarten, I would highly recommend teaching the letters in this sequence: A, H, T, L, I, F, E, X, O, Q, C, G, U, V, B, D, P, J, N, M, W, S, K, R, Z, Y. This is from easiest to hardest.
I have also created a printable for Uppercase and Lowercase letters.
Click here, ABC Uppercase and Lowercase Shaving Cream Mats, to print this freebie as well.
You may also like another blog post, Building Number Sense in Toddlers.
With these shaving cream mats, your child will be learning the proper way to write all of the letters in no time! They will be having fun, while also using their senses to learn! This is a great activity for any child and especially for tactile learners.
Please comment below to let me know how these mats turned out for your kids! I can’t wait to hear from you! God Bless!
Don’t forget to pin the image below to Pinterest to save for later!