Like many sensory materials, this one has several names. I've seen it all over, but from what I can tell it started with a mention by the Ooey Gooey Lady on Facebook and has been done by several bloggers at this point. I always see this pin float by me on Pinterest - and now that I've played with the sensory material, I do think Foam Dough is the best name for it.
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I was expecting it to be pretty fun, but WOW IS IT FUN. You really ought to try it. Because you will LOVE it. We had one of S's grandmas staying with us this weekend and she and I just could not stop playing with this dough. It's a safe bet that an activity is a total win if any adults around are just as engrossed with playing as the kid(s). Now that I've hopefully convinced you to try it, I will warn you that it is messy. Like really messy. Maybe the messiest thing I've played with? It cleaned up just fine for us, but I am thinking most people would rather play with this in a big bowl/tub/bin outside. :)
Foam Dough has two ingredients in a roughly one to one ratio - cornstarch and shaving cream I wanted to make rainbow Foam Dough, because, well - rainbows!!!! So I started by coloring the shaving cream because I figured that would be easiest - I added Colorations Liquid Watercolors (What are Liquid Watercolors?), but you could also use food coloring (this, coincidentally, is how we make Shaving Cream Paint).
Then I slowly added cornstarch to each cup and stirred until it started looking ever so slightly doughy. We kept our dough on the wet side because it was so much fluffier. The more cornstarch you add, the drier the dough, but it does lose some of that amazing foamy-puffy texture. Ultimately I'd say our foam dough ended up being more shaving cream than cornstarch.
It really is just so foamy and puffy and fluffy and AMAZING. It's like touching a cloud or a marshmallow...or maybe a marshmallow cloud? Anyway, the pictures simply do not do it justice.
You can roll it into pretty little balls. S had her grandma and me on ball rolling duty - and then she would SMOOSH them. :)
It really was such a blast and so unlike any other material we've played with. Shaving cream is definitely not save to ingest, so poor little X had to sit this one out. Maybe next year!
We sincerely hope you'll give this one a try - it is something you must experience!!!!
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