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Starry Night Sensory Play

One of our favorite activities from July’s Art Studio theme was the Starry Night Sensory Play. We took our inspiration from The Starry Night painting by Vincent Van Gogh.
Starry Night Sensory Play

The Starry Night is a painting of a scene at night with 11 swirly stars and a bright yellow crescent moon. In the background there are hills, in the middle ground there is a moonlit town with a church that has an elongated steeple, and in the foreground, there is the dark green silhouette of a cypress tree. (Wikipedia)


The Starry Night

See our Starry Night inspired door hangers and the rest of our preschool art show here.

Starry Night Sensory Play

Starry Night Sensory Play

Supplies Needed:

  • Tray
  • Shaving Cream
  • Liquid watercolors or food coloring (blue, purple)
  • Gold glitter, optional

Starry Night Sensory Play


  1. Dispense shaving cream onto tray.
  2. Allow the children to explore it. How does it feel?
  3. Look at The Starry Night picture. What design do you see in it? Swirls. How can we make swirl designs?
  4. Add drops of blue and purple food coloring or liquid water colorings. Blend the colors. Make swirl designs.
  5. Sprinkle with gold glitter for “stars”.
  6. Create a beautiful Starry Night!

Kids love shaving cream and there are so many ways to play with it. I love this art inspired twist and so did my kids. Look at the swirling colors.

Starry Night Sensory Play

Add a little glitter!

Starry Night Sensory Play

Beautiful colors and sparkly glitter.

Starry Night Sensory Play

Blending colors and making textures in the cream.

Starry Night Sensory Play

The trays help contain the mess. Easy clean up – just rinse off!

Starry Night Sensory Play

If you are concerned about using shaving cream in your classroom or with your children, please read this: Using Shaving Cream in the Classroom

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