This activity is definitely messy, but kids love the soft feel of the foam. It’s great for color identification and sensory play.
What You’ll Need:
- Shower curtain or vinyl tablecloth to protect your surface (or do the activity in the bathtub!)
- Shaving cream
- Liquid watercolors
- Empty cups or containers
- Funnels, spoons, cups, molds, and other tools (you can use tools that you typically use with Play-doh)
Step 1 – Prepare the dough
Fill the cups/bowls about half full with shaving cream. Add a few drops of Liquid watercolors and mix until desired color/brightness is achieved. Sprinkle in some cornstarch (We used about 2:1 shaving cream to cornstarch). Mix it until it comes together and forms a somewhat crumbly dough.
*Tips for Parents: If your child isn’t in the “spoon it out and launch it across the room phase,” the mixing process might be fun for him or her to take part in. Have him or her feel the dough as you mix. It’s so soft and foamy!
Step 2 – Pour, dump, and explore!
Now the sensory fun begins. Put the different colored tubs of rainbow foam dough out for the kids to explore with their tools.
*Tips for Parents: Some kids are hesitant when it comes to exploring new sensations. Encourage your child to use the tools before asking him or her to touch the dough directly. Add rice for sprinkles, or use ice scream scoopers to take your imagination one step further and play ice cream parlor.
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