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foam dough: serious rainy day indoor fun

foam dough: fun for a rainy day

I’m all about trying new and exciting things with my kids, and today’s activity is no different.

Totally strange, completely weird. Absolutely new for us.

I went on a whim and tried something that I pinned a long while back: Foam Dough.  Now? It’s all over the party Pinterest place, but the very first spot I saw it was on MomTrusted.

The greatest thing about this little ball o’ fun is that you only need two ingredients to make it work, three ingredients to make it awesome.

Foam Dough was a hit—a really fun way to pass a rainy afternoon—and Maddy, Owen, and Cora are already asking to make it again.

Here’s the skinny. . .

  • Foam Dough—Fun For a Rainy Day: Head to the grocery store and pick up a cheapo container of shaving cream and a cheapo box of corn starch.

That’s all you need:

  • Shaving cream
  • Corn starch
  • If you want to amp up the fun, add some liquid or gel food coloring.  Total fun.

homemade foam dough In order to make it, you need to follow a few easy, peasy directions:

homemade foam dough

homemade foam dough

1.  Mix equal parts of corn starch and shaving cream

homemade foam dough

2.  Add food coloring to reach the color you want, and you’re done.

homemade foam dough

homemade foam dough

homemade foam dough

Use hands to mix it and don’t be afraid to get messy. It’s. . . pretty messy.

The Foam Dough is a strange mix of light and fluffy play dough and soft, sandy mush.

homemade foam dough

homemade foam dough

Again, be forewarned: it made a mess.

One big, wild, white, powdery mess.

But we had three super-happy, blissful, powdery kids.

homemade foam dough

homemade foam dough

Maybe we made it wrong, maybe that’s what happens when you use cheapo ingredients—I can’t be sure.

But essentially, Maddy, Owen, and Cora mixed, made walls, made balls, made pancakes, and made cookies.  They smashed, squished, mushed, and squashed.

For a long, long time.

homemade foam dough

homemade foam dough

homemade foam dough

homemade foam dough

And that’s it. Just a fun way of passing a rainy afternoon.

A sensory gift for hands and an unusually fragrant, foamy dough.


Fyi: Many thanks to the folks at MomTrusted for introducing us to Foam Dough and creating a rockstar pin to go along with it.  And thanks to all the other parents out there who have tried it and shared it; I love the range of cool, easy-to-make kid-friendly doughs on Pinterest. AWEsome.

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  1. I have never seen a fun dough before – it does look pretty simple and fun. Something to try out one of these days – pinning it.

  2. I love how you state this is messy. It wouldn’t be fun if it wasn’t messy :)


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