Ever since I created our recipe for Foaming Dough, I've been bent on figuring out a way to make Magic Foaming Stars. Though it might seem like a straightforward thing, it was anything but! I made lots of stars that just did not foam well. I kept trying because I won't post anything on the blog until I think it's perfect. And these? PERFECT.
After you set them in your shallow tray, colored foam shoots out from them. It's pretty amazing to watch.
S experimented with moving them around. The colored foam continues to shoot out for quite some time, so she got to make interesting colored patterns by moving them as they foamed.
Seriously, how beautiful is this? The pictures do not even do it justice. You've gotta try this one!
When S asked what they were called, she honed in on the "treasure" part of the name and began chipping away with her fingers to see what she could find.
This yellow star had released some of its treasure already. Searching through the cold and fluffy rainbow foam for it is definitely part of the fun.
Bingo! Found one!
All in all a SERIOUS amount of fun and oohing and aahing was had. And all for just a few minutes of prep ahead of time. See - I told you they're finally perfect! :)
To make your own Magic Foaming Treasure Stars, you will need:
Baking Soda (aka Sodium Bicarbonate for International readers)
Dish Soap (aka Washing up Liquid for International readers)
Liquid watercolors (or food coloring, but food coloring may cause some temporary hand staining)
For each star (since I wanted to make a rainbow), I mixed 1/4 cup of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of liquid watercolors and 1 teaspoon of water until the color was evenly distributed (if you are using food coloring, use a few drops and 2 teaspoons of water). Then I packed about half of the mixture into the star mold and added some plastic gems I got at a craft store to the center of the half-filled star. After the plastic gems were added, I packed in the remainder of the "dough" and smoothed the top. I repeated this process for each star. Once the mold was filled, I placed it in the freezer overnight.
The next day I grabbed a shallow bin and filled the bottom with a few inches of vinegar (this equated to several cups of vinegar, but don't worry about getting it exact - you can always add more if you notice the foaming reaction slowing down) and then added a few squirts of dish soap (roughly 2 teaspoons) and veeeerrry gently swished a few times to mix the two. Then I took the stars out of the freezer, popped them out of their molds and added them to the vinegar.
For the BEST foaming reaction, be sure that the vinegar level is lower than the top of your stars. If you notice that the stars are shooting less colored foam (or stop altogether) as time goes on, gently add some more vinegar to your container. As long as there is enough fresh vinegar, the stars will create a HUGE mountain of foam for playing!
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