Messy Sensory Snow Play for Kids

Each shower and bath play activity we do seems to get the kids more and more excited!  This Town & Country themed messy sensory shower play was the best yet!  The “town” featured an office building, a tall skyscraper, a gas station, a grocery store, and a car wash.  The suburbs featured several single family homes, complete with interchangeable windows and doors, cars for driving into the city to work, and babies, because well, where would we be if there were no babies??  And the “country” — it was the highlight of this shower play — featured snowy mountains filled with wild animals and a hiker.

houses buildings snow covered mountains

While this set up might look labor intensive, it only took me about 15 minutes to put together the whole thing!

I cut mostly simple triangles, squares, and rectangles from various sheets of craft foam to create the mountains, houses, and buildings.  I didn’t calculate, but I got the 2 packs of foam from Michael’s for 40% off during a sale and still have more than half of the two packs left after several shower set-ups, so this couldn’t have cost more than a couple of dollars at most. 

Then I added some details with a permanent marker.


I turned on the shower for a minute to get everything wet, and then stuck the foam onto the walls where I wanted it.

I added some cars, plastic animals, and a few plastic people/babies that fit the theme and would appeal to both my boy and my girl.


The last thing I did before calling in the kids was spray shaving cream all over the mountains to look like snow.

Did the kids like it?  No, they LOVED it!  They played for about 2 hours and only came out because dinner was ready.  They LOVE playing pretend!  They played both with and without the water running!  During times the water wasn’t running, I made dinner! 🙂



Their absolute favorite was the sensory shaving cream snow play.  They had a blast driving the cars through it and making tracks.  Of course the monster truck had to go off-roading.  The animals and even the babies loved walking and crawling around in the snow, too!

There are so many things I am loving about shower play, but one of my favorites is that the mess is contained!  Clean-up of this messy shower play was as simple as the others we’ve done: I handed the kids some plastic cups which they used to fill with water and splash away the shaving cream.  We left the foam on the walls of the shower until it was dry.  That was it!

The great thing is the foam is totally reusable again and again, and can also be used to create other scenes for other shower play themes!

Have YOU tried shower or bath play yet?
Our shower play was originally inspired by the amazing bath times Crystal has shared on Growing a Jeweled Rose.  She is now posting these on a brand new site dedicated to sharing lots of bath time fun, Bath Activities for Kids!  Be sure to stop over and check them out!

For more bath and shower play & learning ideas, see our other posts:
Halloween Shower Art
Sensory Spider Shower
{Wash & Learn} Letter-Building Alpha-Bath
{Wash & Learn} Math in the Bath

Bath and shower activities should be closely supervised by an adult at all times.  None of the products used in this post stained our tub or shower walls in any way, but please test before use to ensure you will obtain the same results.   

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • Great idea! Our kids would love it. Thx ~Mari

  • Joleen says:

    Such a creative idea! I love your shower. Our ancient tub and shower wouldn’t be nearly so fun! How was the slippery factor? I worry my kids would be slipping and falling all over each other.

    • Thanks! You might be surprised with your bath/shower — I find it often only takes a little bit of pizzazz to create a spark of imagination in kids!!

      Our shower wasn’t slippery at all since we kept most of the shaving cream up on the bench seat, and the floor of the shower is pretty grippy, but you could always use a shower mat or have the kids sit to play to make it safer!! 🙂

  • Joleen says:

    Such a creative idea! I love your shower. Our ancient tub and shower wouldn’t be nearly so fun! How was the slippery factor? I worry my kids would be slipping and falling all over each other.

  • Laura says:

    Love the shower idea! Also, love the gravy, because it doesn’t have lumps!

  • What wonderful levels of play you have created! This looks like fun!

  • Allison says:

    Really quite amazing! I love all the details. My boys would never want to get out.

  • Jaime JJ says:

    What a brilliant idea! Jaime@fspdt

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