My kids love to make a mess.
If your kids are anything like mine, they’ll love this craft project: foam dough.
If I had to use one word to describe it, I’d say it’s fun… and also very messy.
While doing this activity, I wished I had taken the kids outdoors and close to a garden hose to make the foam dough. However, once we were done playing with the dough I realized it vacuumed up and washed easily with a wet washcloth.
My kids loved the strange texture of foam dough. It’s a great project to teach your kids about motor skills and senses. My kids loved how it would crumble apart and then easily stick back together. If it wasn’t for dinner getting in their way, I think they would have played with the dough for hours.
What you’ll need:
1. Dump approximately 1 cup of cornstarch onto your countertop (a mixing bowl may help with containing the mess). Then add approximately one cup of shaving cream and 6-8 drops of food coloring.
2. Mix, mix, mix. There will be a point when you think that it is not possible to mix these ingredients together. This thought is good because it means that you are almost there! If the dough seems crumbly simply add more shaving cream. The shaving cream is going to stick to your hands, just keep scraping it off and mixing in the cornstarch. You will get there!
3. Eventually you will end up with nice firm dough. It crumbles but easily sticks back together.
4. Have fun and make a mess!
Once you have finished playing, store the foam dough in an airtight plastic container. The dough should keep for a couple of weeks.
Courtney Lee, a working mom of two children, wrote this blog for momaha. She’s a CPA for a small accounting firm. Find more craft ideas on her personal blog, thefightagainstboredom.com.
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