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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 from Mom Trusted 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 slightly 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.  :)


Smooooosh.


It really was such a blast and so unlike any other material we've played with.

We sincerely hope you'll give this one a try - it is something you must experience!!!!


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  1. The colors turned out beautifully!!! :) I love your logic on rainbow colors too . . . makes perfect sense to me. Can't wait to do this with my kiddo over the summer. Thanks for sharing such a colorful, fun sensory play material!

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    1. He will love it!!! And thank you for being a fellow rainbow enthusiast. :)

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  2. Asia, this stuff looks fantastic! We played with shaving cream yesterday too, but we just left ours plain and it was still a big hit. I know the hooligans would absolutely love it if we turned it into foam dough! Btw, I hadn't seen this idea before so thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. Yes! They will love it, Jackie! It is too weird! It's like shaving cream, and yet totally different. Ooh, and glad to be the one to introduce you to it! :) :) :)

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  3. Can you make anything from it that "lasts" or is it just to play with for the moment?

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    1. Great question! We did not try to keep it. I would assume that since the shaving cream deflates over time that it would not keep, but I can't say for sure. My feeling is that it's very likely a play in the moment sort of dough.

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    2. I've used it in a Preschool March Break Camps and Summer Camps. Instead of adding cornstarch to the shaving cream, we added glue. The kids made winter centerpieces during March Break which will last. For Summer Camp, we made "The Mayflower" sailing on the ocean. I made the Mayflower boat, they added masts etc. with pipe cleaners. They piled on blue shaving cream & glue, and plopped the Mayflower boat in it, Then they took paint brushes and created waves in the shaving cream. They turned out really cute, and the kids had a BLAST!!!!

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    3. Oh great point - that puffy paint is super fun - great idea for another way to use shaving cream that lasts! :)

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  4. We made this this week, it was interesting and fun with new 3 year olds.

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad to hear you all enjoyed it!!! :)

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  5. Since shaving cream is not good to digest, I wonder... has ANYONE tried something like cool whip, or whipped cream??? HOW FUN WOULD THAT BE????

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    1. I haven't yet, Jodi Morris - but I bet it would be awesome fun if it worked the same - I know our little guy would love it if there was a safe version he could play with!

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    2. Right! PLUS, it would smell good! Makes me want to go try it RIGHT NOW!!! This is good stuff!

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    3. Hahaha - Awesome! Be sure to let me know how it works!! I want to know! :)

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  6. Oooooo I love this! I love anything rainbow, but the boys would totally dig squishing this stuff!

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    1. Thank you, Play Create Explore! It is suuuper fun to squish and smash - and I know you and your boys are the best at messy play!!!

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  7. Officially obsessed and our house is nearly trashed ;-)

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    1. Hahaha Rachael! Ours was too - I was sloppy and didn't even put out a splat mat. Rather shockingly it all vacuumed incredibly easily once it was dry. Hopefully you have the same ease with clean up we did!!! It was everywhere!!! :)

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  8. Hi, I'm from the UK, is cornstarch what we would call cornflour do you know? And liquid colours-this is just paint in a bottle? I am not sure I will find these colours, they are gorgeous!

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    1. Hi APerfectNanny! Yes, cornstarch is called cornflour in the UK (you want the thing that is used to thicken sauces). Liquid watercolors might be a bit tricky to find - you can easily sub food coloring for them. They are basically like liquid versions of washable watercolors. I like to use them in lieu of food coloring because the colors are lovely and they are washable. The company I buy them from is US based, though. I would look in an arts and crafts store over there to see if you can find something similar - or just use food coloring.

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  9. Wow, must try this with my little ones. They love shaving foam, and gloop, but never tried mixing them together :-)

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    1. It's SO puffy, Tracy! I bet they will love it!

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  10. Will the food coloring stain the childrens hands?

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    1. We use liquid watercolors, which are washable. However in my experience if you don't add too much food coloring it's not a problem.

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  11. I just made this for my 3 year old with sensory processing disorder, and she is having a ball! She's asked me to make more 3 times already! I only made 3 colors (pink, blue & purple) but she's molding & getting messy - which is HUGE for her!!! Thank you!

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    1. Oh that makes me so happy, Elizabeth!!! Hooray for your daughter - that's so great! Our little guy has sensory issues and we just recently got him to walk in winter shoes (he only wanted sandals), so I know how much these victories mean! :) :) :)

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  12. How much cornstarch did you end up using for one child? I need to make some for a much larger group, so I'm trying to figure out how much cornstarch I need.

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    1. Ooh, that's a tough one. I think if you estimate 1 cup of cornstarch per child, you'll be good. I'm pretty sure that's an overestimate. I wish I knew more concisely!!!!

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  13. This is a great idea! With summer coming (and my OCD) we will be doing this outside

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    1. Hahahaha! Love it, Rikki! And yes, depending on how exuberantly your child plays, outside can be the perfect spot for this one. ;)

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  14. My 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son did this today and loved it! We added some sprinkles for some extra flair along with the rainbow colors. It was perfect to play with on our water/sand table, and our water toys such as rubby ducky hopped in on the fun too. :) Thanks for the great idea!

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    1. Oooh fantastic! I love the way you play - sprinkles would be so fun!!!

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  15. Hi, i came across this activity yesterday and would love to use it for something school related. But i was just wondering how long you think the foam dough would keep for? Would i be able to make it the night before and use it the following afternoon do you think? :) thanks!

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    1. You could, but it won't be as fluffy and puffy. It's more of a really soft crumbly dough after time goes on - it will keep at that stage for several days in a sealed container - and is still fun. The only downside is missing that super light and fluffy stage that only happens at the beginning.

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    2. okay no worries, thanks heaps :)

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Welcome to Fun at Home with Kids! I'm Asia, a teacher (M. Ed) turned SAHM mom to two young kids: X and S. Around here we like to do a little bit of everything - science, art, crafts, sensory play, and small world play. Click here to read more about us!

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