After I bought Colorations® IncredibleFoam® Dough, I was really excited to try it, but I was struggling to come up with ideas about how to play with it. I scoured the internet, hunted through Pinterest, and rifled through Google. And then I just put it out there for the kids. Sometimes, it’s the kids who give you the best ideas.
This is what you’ll need:
- Colorations® IncredibleFoam® Dough
- Craft sticks, spoons, dust pans, small containers, anything you can think of!
- Spray bottle with water (optional)
- A small child’s imagination (required)
Step 1 – Set out your supplies:
I set out the IncredibleFoam® Dough in small plastic cups on the table, along with my favorite chip & dip tray that I use for almost every art project. Along with it, I set out some plastic containers and craft sticks. Finally, I drew some letters and shapes on paper and taped them to the table using packaging tape, in hopes that the kids would be encouraged to shape their IncredibleFoam® Dough into the same shapes.
*Tips for parents: It helps to do this step without the kids around. Once the kids get involved, they are likely to dive into the project with all of their passion, not leaving you much time to organize or get your supplies together.
Step 2 – Explore some possibilities.
When the kids first touch the material, they may be confused, suspicious, and bewildered. It might take a few minutes to show them that they can squeeze, mold, and mix it. Demonstrate how to use a spoon or a stick to remove the material from the small containers, or show your child how to roll the Colorations® IncredibleFoam® Dough into a ball or a log.
*Tips for parents: Younger children may have trouble forming the material into a ball or a log, or they may not like the way it feels when a few of the “beads” stick to their hands. Although the beads don’t leave a sticky residue, they can be challenging to wipe off the child’s hands. Keep a spray bottle of water handy to spray down the beads and slide them off of your child’s hands.
I, not my kids, made the letter “A” shape above. My kids were not that into molding the material; instead, they preferred to use tools with the dough.
Step 3 – Explore and observe.
And use tools they did! The kids gathered toys and objects from all over the playroom to use with their IncredibleFoam® Dough. They swept it into dust pans, molded it into ice cube trays, and pushed it around with their trucks. The highlight of the play session was making cupcakes with the dough and blowing out the “candles”.
*Tips for parents: We often want to guide our children’s creativity, but sometimes it’s best to let them guide ours. When left to their own devices, my kids brought in materials and objects I never would have considered to use with the IncredibleFoam® Dough, and it gave me insight into the types of creative projects in which they might be interested in the future. Watching your children play often gives you more inspiration than Pinterest. Kids’ imaginations are like brightly burning candles, and sometimes the things we think will increase their creativity only blow those candles out.
Product Recommendations from Discount School Supply®: Colorations® IncredibleFoam® Dough Sampler Pack - set of eight (FOAMSAM) Colored Wood Craft Sticks - 1000 pieces (1000CS) E-Z Pull Extra Large Trigger Sprayers, 12 oz - set of 6 (TSBOT)