Monday, June 03, 2013
Fun with Barbasol
In the midst of all the tumult of the last few weeks, it turns out that the kids still need, well, everything. There's no stopping just because you are booking flights, or trying to find foreign lawyers, or wiring money to the funeral home. They don't take any time off for meetings with contractors or filling out mortgage documents. Kids are really not amused by the packing of boxes. Thus we have been working hard to find activities to keep little brains absorbed, and that is how we found ourselves spraying shaving cream on a dump truck.
The shaving cream is a trick I remember from student teaching in a 5th grade classroom. It turns out that even sophisticated nine year-olds think that squirting Barbasol on a desk top is a super fun time. Squishing it around (thereby cleaning the surface) can entertain an entire class for a good 15 or 20 minutes. When you're finished, everything smells fresh and clean. Preschoolers are even more enchanted by the idea. First we tried it out on a table, and it was amusing, but then Daddy had the idea to take it outside. Mountains of foam on the truck AND a bristle brush made her positively giddy with joy. Now we have the shiniest truck in the neighborhood, and we managed to get a few things done.