Snow Monsters from Blue Raspberry Foam Dough Recipe
This was the first time I let the kids play with shaving cream. Wow, they were amazed by it. This is not only an easy sensory play recipe but also a simple science experiment too. Just mixing up the foam dough is the perfect science experiment for young kids.
What we used:
1 can raspberry foam shave cream from dollar store
1 box cornstarch
food coloring but it did not work
We ended up with blue finger paint to add coloring.
What we did:
I let the kids dump a box of cornstarch into a large mixing bowl. I then started adding shaving cream to it. I added the shaving cream little by little. I started out thinking food coloring would dye it. I added a few drops of blue food coloring and nothing really happened. Repeated this step still nothing.
A great scientific observation was made. We needed something else to dye the mix. Why not use the bottle of blue finger paint I left out on the counter. See I knew I did not put it up for a reason, haha. I added a spoonful of paint to the mix. I continued stirring it up.
This was a lot of fun mixing up with them and it smelled so good. But remember, we do not eat this!
The final product, Blue Raspberry Foam Dough. Now what did we want to do with it? I had to think as I was mixing. I was considering making a sensory bin but was not quite sure what I would add to it. I did not have any winter themed play items in mind. I had considered letting the kids use it to cook pretend food. That idea came and left. So what to do? I guess we have been watching too much Monsters Inc lately because the snow monster was on my brain. So with the thoughts of foam dough and snow monsters dancing in my head it hit me, make snow monsters with the foam dough. So that is what I set out to do with the kids.
How to make Snow Monsters with foam dough:
As you can see above the sensory dough molds. I made a few balls and stacked them on top of each other. I then placed them on a tray. I went to my craft closet and started looking through all the stuff in their. I ended up with pipe cleaners and googly eyes that craftprojectideas sent us for free in a craft supply goody box. There were also some googly eyes we already had and a few more things that were in a bag I grabbed from the closet. Now to get started.
I sat the tray on the table and let the boys take turns making their monster. Little brother went first. He quickly picked out a googly eye to start his monster off. I just love watching his little mind work as he was trying to decide how he wanted it to look.
After a few more eyes and a pipe cleaner or two he was finished. Now we had a Foam Dough Snow Monster in the house.
Little brother just could not get enough of this foam dough. As you can see his little hand above coming back to touch the dough again. After making the 2 snow monsters we still had a good bit left. They finally wanted to play with my mom because she had to leave soon. I placed the foam dough in a bag.
Later that afternoon after grandma left, I emptied the foam dough into a bin outside and they grabbed their own play materials. They added cups, containers, spoons, and their feet. I loved that they had to take their shoes off and get in the large bin to walk on the foam dough. Some of the best play happens over here without the camera.
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