Foam Dough: Experiment in Proportions
Welcome to our first edition of 12 Months of Sensory Dough where 12 KBN Bloggers will bring you their special spin on a popular sensory dough. It is my hope that here you will have a one-stop resource for all things Sensory dough! This month we are featuring Foam Dough. I am excited to share our foam dough experiment.
I started this series because I have always loved sensory doughs and homemade versions, but I am not “Suzy Homemaker” and something usually goes wrong. That never stops me from pinning enticing pictures on Pinterest, and attempting new recipes. This is how my spin developed.
I love explorations, investigations, and trial and error. I love science.
Sometimes it turns out and sometimes it doesn’t. The fun is in exploring. That is why each month you will find out how we made sensory dough. I will define each dough, link to recipes we referenced, show you what it SHOULD look like, describe our experiment and show you want it DID look like. You can help us decide if it was a fail or success!
What is Foam Dough?
Foam Dough is simple.
Shaving Cream and Corn Starch.
What Should Foam Dough Look Like?
Easy to Clean Up
What Experiment Did We Do With Foam Dough?
During our day of Shaving Cream Fun, I told my boys we were going to make dough with shaving cream and corn starch, but they didn’t believe me. Immediately they asked me how to make it.
I told them I didn’t know, but they could help me.
I gave them measuring cups, a bowl, the ingredients and some paper/pencil to document their findings.
One cup of shaving cream. One cup of corn starch. (which is actually what all the recipes say)
It was determined that it was too dry. So back to the drawing board.
Finally he had reached perfection. A recipe was made…
Legoman’s Recipe for Foam Dough:
- 3 cups Shaving Cream
- 1 Cup Corn Starch
- 1 Tablespoon of Cornstarch after everything is mixed together.
Mix the shaving cream and cornstarch together until everything is mixed well and you can form a ball. If it is too wet, add 1 extra TB of cornstarch.
I would have stopped there. I wanted to take pictures. Document our success, and play with the dough. Legoman played with this for about 5 minutes. Cutting it, rolling it, and making star wars figures when he decided…
It wasn’t Perfect. It was too Dry. (at least to Legoman)
I think foam dough is supposed to be crumbly and it was actually the right consistency, but I wanted to give him the freedom to explore and experiment. I did not want to take over. I wanted to just observe and facilitate.
So more shaving cream was added. And more was added. And More was added. At this point, Legoman remembered making Ooblek and started to talk about how he was turning his “solid” foam dough into a liquid.
Now the goal had changed… He was no longer trying to make Foam Dough. Now he wanted Oobleck. If you are unfamiliar with Oobleck, it is a substance that is both liquid and solid depending on the amount of pressure you put on it. It is usually made with corn starch and water, but apparently can be made with shaving cream.
Were We Successful At Making Foam Dough?
He played with this mixture for over an hour. He discussed the textures. He estimated, measured and recorded the amounts needed. He used reasoning and problem solving to adjust his recipe. He predicted the reasons it changed states of matter. He received tactile sensory input. He felt empowered by leading his own investigations. If I alter my idea of successful to be geared toward the process; then this was a huge success. If I judge this experiment solely on the final product, then I would call it a fail.
Now for the fun part…
Would you call this recipe a success or a fail? Do you have a favorite Foam Dough recipe that you consider a success or do you have a fail you want to share? We want to see! Link up your recipes or post pictures to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Google+. Tag your pictures with #ilovesensorydough.
Be sure to check out each blogger, as we will each provide a different take on the dough, some of us with have the BEST recipe ever, while others (probably me) will show you our attempts (both failed and successful)
You can read more about each Co-hosts and more about the Series or follow along below:
Please read the following guidelines before linking up.
- Share family-friendly posts related to the month’s theme. Feel free to link old or new posts that highlight your favorite recipes for sensory dough. Failures and unsuccessful attempts are welcome.
- We ask that no posts are linked with copy/paste recipes from other sources. If you use a recipe from another source, please link back to the original recipe.
- By linking up, you give permission to share your post and one photograph in future posts and through social media channels.
- Visit 2-3 other posts that others have shared. Discover new ideas and meet new friends!
- If you would like to, please grab the 12 Months of Sensory Dough button for your blog.
The linky will remain open for two weeks. On the 12th of each month, all co-hosts will post a new dough with their spin, highlighting at least one post from the month before and pin each post to the 12 Months of Sensory Dough Board.
February: Cloud Dough
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