Car Wash STEAM for Kids

This Car Wash STEAM for Kids is perfect for practicing important fine motor skills with your little learners. STEAM Activities like this one are great for preschoolers. They’re engaging and hands-on as well as a wonderful way to encourage critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

collage of Car Wash STEAM images with text: Car Wash Sensory Activity STEAM for KidsI can’t get over how much both kiddos seemed to enjoy this sensory tray STEAM activity. If you’ve been around for a while, then you already know the little guy is obsessed with all things transportation, but even baby girl got in on the action and played car wash.

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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

child driving toy car in shaving creamA while back, we started getting the toddler supplement with our preschool curriculum kit each month. At the time, baby girl was still only about 18 months old and it was super helpful to see an example of how the preschool activities could be adapted to be developmentally appropriate for toddlers.

child swirling toy car in shaving cream on trayNow that she’s a preschooler, we really don’t need the add-on, but both kiddos still enjoy the tray play activities, so we usually add at least a few a week to our thematic studies. They’re definitely a great way to keep little hands busy during read alouds.

children washing toy cars in bowl of waterShaving Cream Car Wash


  • Cake Pan
  • Shaving Cream
  • Bowl of Water
  • Toy Cars
  • Towels


  • Fill the cake pan with shaving cream. Set it on the tray with a bowl of water, towels, and toy cars.

Encourage the child to put the car in the shaving cream and play with it. When finished playing, dip in the water and dry it off.

child washing toy car in bowl of shaving creamIt still amazes me almost six years later how excited the kiddos get when we finish up the little guy’s second-grade school work and grab a “Goose Time” bag.

Of course, baby girl loves everything about this curriculum and it’s absolutely perfect for her age and where she’s at, but not surprisingly the little guy still wants to join us for all things STEAM too.

child pushing around toy car in shaving creamAfter all, painting and creating and getting messy is definitely a great way to learn new things. It’s the perfect way to wrap up our homeschool day while practicing important early learning skills.

Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our transportation theme from Experience Preschool!

collage of Car Wash STEAM images with text: Car Wash Sensory Play STEAM for Kids