This year we are joining a new series from Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures, where several blogs bring you their adventures and special twists on a sensory dough every month. So come back every month to see what we do with our sensory monthly dough.
The first dough we are sharing is called foam dough. First off we had no clue what foam dough was, so we looked it up and the first one that popped up is by fabulous Asia Citro and her blog Fun at Home with Kids (have a look here for the quantities) and we followed her recipe.
The night before we chose a bunch of little things to hide, took photos of them spread out on a white sheet of paper, printed and laminated them, so he could see what he had to find (and so we could also see what was still stuck somewhere in the dough, very helpful if it is small and/or flat pieces).
Here is what we had planned to happen: Get up in the morning, take some time to wake up, get dressed, pull out all the ingredients to do this, add some glitter, have him mix it all up, hide everything in it and have him have fun finding them in an “I Spy” kind of fashion.
And here is what really happened: We got up in the morning with Nico being up at 5.15 am, did not fully manage to wake up, made pancakes, went to Wal-Mart, had lunch, put him down for a short nap (he needed it) and while he napped we pulled out all the ingredients to do this. After he watched a little Octonauts to wake up, it was followed by a full refusal of wanting to do it. After some sulking in his play tent, a few marshmallows (that he roasts over an artificial tea light), he came out and off we went!
He had fun dumping the corn starch and then pressing down on the shaving cream can. Next came the glitter and he got a little glitter-happy, so we had to stop him from emptying the whole bottle in there, lol.
He didn’t want to touch it at first but I reminded him he had done so when he was little and liked it, that’s all it took for him to dig in. He then decided that it was more fun to cover my arms with the mix. After mixing it for a little bit I decided that it was enough, so I could hide the little objects in there for Nico to find.
Then he got really interested, so we put the photo list of things he had to find (remember those laminated photo printouts?) on the table next to the dough container and he got searching.
On the bottom right he’s trying to figure out what he found between his fingers since he couldn’t see it because it was covered in foam dough.
One thing we had forgotten was a clean-up station, because the dough was not easy to remove from the little pieces and would just re-stick, so Alex got a container with water in it, so we could rinse them off. At that point I had lost him for searching, he was more into washing, because this way he could also clean his hand. So I was on search duty, while he cleaned up and placed the found objects on the sheet. He called it teamwork. After we were all done, he wanted to do it again, he searched a bit, but then it became the same again.
After that I decided to see what we would get, if we added more cornstarch and we added another half of a box. We ended up with a dough that was kind of like moon dough, soft and crumbly, with a cool feel to it, which I think would be great to play with on a hot summer day (and it makes for very soft hands, too :)!
He played a bit with that one, but he was mostly interested in cutting it after I flattened/packed it so it would be like a pizza. He also liked making soup with his ladle and his wok. He actually made ‘souplet’, which apparently is a big soup that he eats in Calgary, lol. On the bottom right he’s cutting a giant meatball I made.
In this consistency we will see, if we can actually store it for later in a plastic container and will revisit in about a week to see, how it is going to come out
Clean up was easy as when it dries it just becomes a white powder, so we just vacuumed the carpet and wiped the table/list sheets, rinsed all the little things in water and it was done.
The participating blogs are:
Lemon Lime Adventure~Look! We’re Learning!~Glittering Muffins~Still Playing School~Little Bins for Little Hands~Natural Beach Living~The Eyes of a Boy~Powerful Mothering~Wildflower Ramblings~I Heart Crafty Things~Delightful Learning~The Life of Jennifer Dawn.
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