Shaving Cream Marbling

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In this activity, learners will create beautiful greeting cards by marbling with shaving cream and food dye. They will explore the chemistry behind the art of marbling. Activity includes written instructions and an accompanying video.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Foam shaving cream
  • Food dye
  • Toothpicks, skewers, or plastic forks
  • Two cookie sheets
  • A shower squeegee
  • Paper (cardstock works best, but any will do)


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


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  • Free access


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  • COSI Connects


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