In what will likely be one of the last days this season that will be warm enough, we brought out Kay's pool yesterday. I started to fill it up and told her to go change in to her bathing suit while I finished up. (My new technique for encouraging her to dress herself: making myself suddenly "busy" when she needs to put something on or take something off. It seems to be working, too.) While she was in the house, I brought out the shaving cream and sprayed it onto her slide. When she came back out, she knew instantly what it was, but went to touch it to make sure. On of the things she loves about shaving cream is that it's so slippery to step on, so I knew she would love this effect on her slide.
At first she sat on the top of the slide and didn't seem so sure about it. So, being the kind, sensitive mommy that I am, I sprayed more on her arms and legs. (She was giggling the whole time.) Eventually she took the plunge - and loved the added speed the shaving cream gave her.
She kept asking for more and I obliged, always "accidently-on-purpose" getting some on her when I was supposed to be spraying the slide. The shaving cream made the water cloudy, which I almost expected some complaint about. Usually she won't enter the water if she sees a "bug" in it, even when that bug turns out to be a fleck of dirt.
But nope, not a word about it. She was only disappointed when that aerosol bottle was empty. But then she sat in the pool and did some pretend play, which was surprising because she almost never just 'sits' in the pool. Maybe the shaving cream has a calming effect!