Magic Foaming Dough

 

Last winter, E hoped for snow every single day. She really wanted to build a snowman, or rather snowmen – big ones for Papa and me, a small one for herself, and a tiny one for her then unborn baby brother <3

When I saw Fun at Home with Kids’ Magic Foaming Dough that they used to build (and melt) indoor snowmen, I knew it was the perfect material for us to somewhat make up for the lack of real snow.

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Have fun with Magic Foaming Dough from simple ingredients that you have in your kitchen!

(E was 3 years and 3 months old.)

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Materials for Magic Foaming Dough:

  • Baking soda.
  • Salt.
  • Dish soap.
  • Vinegar.
  • Sensory bin.
  • Bits and pieces to make a snowman (optional). {We had pieces of pipe cleaners, bottle caps and black beads.}
  • Squeeze bottle (optional).
  • Cupcake liners (optional).
  • Plastic spoon (optional).

 

Read Fun at Home with Kids’ original Magic Foaming Dough recipe for exact measurements {and awesome pictures!} to make the dough.

Note: Magic Foaming Dough is not to be confused with Foam Dough (which may be magic/fizzy or not), the latter being made with shaving cream!

 

I set up the sensory bin for E outside because it was nice, sunny and fairly warm, but we had to move inside after a few minutes because it was simply too windy.

She started out just digging through this new sensory material and feeling it in her hands.

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Have fun with Magic Foaming Dough from simple ingredients that you have in your kitchen!

 

She tried to make “snowballs” but wasn’t satisfied with her results, and asked me to make her some. The magic foaming dough came together easily when I pressed it in my hands.

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Have fun with Magic Foaming Dough from simple ingredients that you have in your kitchen!

 

After decorating the snowballs for a bit, E took them apart and asked for our silicone cupcake liners. Sure, she’d longed to make a snowman but this dough seemed to remind her of her love for pretend cupcakes – and that was just fine with me!

She packed the cupcake liners full of magic foaming dough, then squeezed vinegar on top to reveal the wonderfully fizzy reaction.

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Have fun with Magic Foaming Dough from simple ingredients that you have in your kitchen!

 

Two cupcake liners’ worth of dough was even more impressive.

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Have fun with Magic Foaming Dough from simple ingredients that you have in your kitchen!

 

E added a plastic spoon to her play, and spent quite some time making cupcakes.

She served me some

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Have fun with Magic Foaming Dough from simple ingredients that you have in your kitchen!

 

and we both pretended to taste them. They were perfect, of course ๐Ÿ™‚

The cut up pipe cleaners that I’d thought would be a snowman’s arms became birthday candles instead.

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Have fun with Magic Foaming Dough from simple ingredients that you have in your kitchen!

 

When she’d had enough of cupcakes, she poured the rest of the vinegar into the container that I’d put the loose parts into, then spooned some of the magic foaming dough into it until it overflowed.

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Have fun with Magic Foaming Dough from simple ingredients that you have in your kitchen!

 

She tried to put the fizzy dough back into the sensory bin with her spoon but soon decided it would be easier just to dump the container ๐Ÿ˜‰

This led to even more impressive bubbles.

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Have fun with Magic Foaming Dough from simple ingredients that you have in your kitchen!

 

She made some more cupcakes but by then, it was time for dinner, and we had to take a break.

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Have fun with Magic Foaming Dough from simple ingredients that you have in your kitchen!

 

After dinner, E came back to her magic foaming dough to clean up.

But the activity was just too much fun to clean it up without getting some more eruptions out of it!

E spooned a lot of dough into the squeeze bottle. This turned out to not be the best idea when it came to actually cleaning that bottle later – it was really hard to get all the baking soda out!

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Have fun with Magic Foaming Dough from simple ingredients that you have in your kitchen!

 

But hey, it made for awesome eruptions, so it was totally worth it ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Have fun with Magic Foaming Dough from simple ingredients that you have in your kitchen!

 

Have you tried magic foaming dough? What’s your favorite indoor snow substitute? Leave a comment below!

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  1. teachntots says:

    what a great idea! and will tie in nicely if I use a snow theme. Definitely going to try it out as I ahve a few kids in my group that need that sensory experience