I was happy to see these little white styrofoam beads at the dollar store at Christmas time. We used them this week to make our own homemade floam. It was more like “gak” with beads, but the kids are having a great time!
We mixed 2 teaspoons of borax with 1/2 cup warm water until it was dissolved. In a separate bowl we mixed 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup white glue. To this mixture we added a few drops of food coloring.
We added the foam beads to the glue mixture. We slowly added the borax mixture until we achieved our desired consistency. We wanted it to hold together but not be too slimy.
This month’s sensory dough is cloud dough. I found a recipe for chocolate cloud dough at Inspiration Laboratories website. Cloud dough is very simple to make. I thought it would be fun to do chocolate as a Valentine theme for February.
The basic recipe for cloud dough uses flour and an oil, usually baby oil is called for. I thought it would be more baby friendly to try a substitute that was a little more edible.
Here’s what I did:
1 3/4c flour
1/4c cocoa powder
1/4c vegetable oil
We did add some more oil for a more crumbly texture. They used the addition for the lava in their volcanoes!
The kids really liked that this was very much like wet sand. Since they haven’t gotten a lot of sandbox time, with all of our snow, this was a nice indoor activity. For the most part they kept it in the platters I gave them. What got on the table and the floor cleaned up surprisingly well!
As I start getting myself organized for the New Year, I made some goals for my kids’ school and for my blog. As I was exploring the blogosphere I found this neat 12 month series that is starting this month. It’s 12 Months of Sensory Dough hosted by Lemon Lime Adventures. They offer a new sensory dough recipe each month and many bloggers link up their experiences with it.
This month is Foam Dough. It’s only two ingredients and there’s no recipe; shaving cream and cornstarch (we added food coloring too) . We started with about equal amounts of each. David made his purple and Evie made hers green. Actually David wanted red and blue. This was a good reminder about mixing colors.
It took a while, but the dough started coming together to form a ball.
This dough was a little messier than the playdough we usually make, but it was fun. They had fun adding one ingredient, then the other to get a good consistency. We used fractions, color mixing and molded shapes.
It did clean up very easily. My kitchen smelled great from the shaving cream and my table was VERY clean after I wiped it down. Maybe for our next activity I will let them spread shaving cream all over the table and finger paint with it! Yay for clean tables!!!
To see others experiences with foam dough, click here for the link up at the bottom of the page. Also follow the Sensory dough Pinterest Board.