Build A Snowman Foam Dough

Sensational WInter Sensory Play Series by Crayon Box Chronicles

Welcome to the second post in our Sensational Winter Sensory Play Series! I’m teaming up with the wonderful and super-talented Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails to bring you fun, sensory-related winter activities in November.  Last Sunday we explored small world play, Antarctic Sensory Iceberg with DIY slides and edible sensory materials.  We’ll be linking to each others posts, so please stop by Jaime’s page too! Links will be at the bottom of each post.

Build-A-Snowman Foam Dough by Crayon Box Chronicles

With winter quickly approaching, let’s celebrate with a little Build A Snowman foam dough play! Growing up in the snow, lots of snow, I remember spending hours outside making snow angels and building snowmen.  Foam dough makes it just as fun! It’s soft, fragrant, molds nicely, and uses just 2 ingredients – cornstarch and shaving cream. You can shape it, cut it, color it, and add a little sparkle too.

Sensory play helps children develop words to sensations and strengthen new motor skills through shaping, molding, cutting and mixing. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to encourage imaginative play and learn body parts and placement.

Foam Dough Recipe:

Build-A-Snowman Foam Dough by Crayon Box Chronicles

This simple 2-ingredient sensory play recipe is inexpensive, reusable, and whips up in a snap! Add a full bag of corn starch or corn flour and shaving cream, then mix, mix, mix!!

Foam dough tends to dry quickly, so we started by adding 80% of the can, then added the remaining 20% as we played. For our project, the dough was best more sticky-like than play dough-like because we were stacking the snow balls and adding decorations.

Build-A-Snowman Foam Dough by Crayon Box Chronicles

For a more flaky, dough-like consistency (like above), start with less than add more until you achieve your desired consistency.  You may be wondering why its yellowish right? Well, little did I know, corn flour is yellowish and corn starch is white.

Next, add your color and mix (didn’t take a photo, boo). Powdered tempera paint is amazing! It doesn’t stain like food gel or coloring and the colors are so vibrant! Next best if food gel – more concentrated but stains hands temporally.  Final option is food coloring –less vibrant, but most-likely in your cabinets.

Loose Parts:

  • Sticks
  • Yarn
  • Buttons
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Beads
  • Sequins

Build-A-Snowman Foam Dough by Crayon Box Chronicles

Once your dough is ready, gather your craft supplies and build your snowman.  We used whatever we had in our craft bin – sequins, beads, pipe cleaners, yarn, and buttons.  There are lots of options for loose materials.

Build-A-Snowman Foam Dough by Crayon Box Chronicles

Roll it, flatten it, mash it! Have fun! After C played for a bit, I helped him roll the balls to make our snowman.  When connecting the balls, add a little dab of shaving cream to help it stick together.

Build-A-Snowman Foam Dough by Crayon Box Chronicles

Once all your snowballs are connected, it’s decorating time! C loved this part the most. He was singing, “Snowman, snowman, doo-tadoo, da-oooow!”

Build-A-Snowman Foam Dough by Crayon Box Chronicles

First, C added the buttons.  He loved the shaving cream, so he used it as glue – not necessary, but fun!

Build-A-Snowman Foam Dough by Crayon Box Chronicles

Next, he added the nose, then the stick arms.  We made three total, so he varied the order on each.  For the nose, we used an orange pipe cleaner cut into small pieces. He kept saying, “It’s a carrot nose Mommy!”

Build-A-Snowman Foam Dough by Crayon Box Chronicles

Now, the eyes! We used beads in various colors! Had I had black, I would of chose them, but I wanted to re-use materials we had on-hand.  He loved the eyes.  I think he preferred the colored ones.  In preschool children learn about their face, so this is a fun activity to help them practice placement and identify parts.

Build-A-Snowman Foam Dough by Crayon Box Chronicles

Final touch, the yarn scarf!  He was so excited for this part! He screeched, “Owww Mommy, it’s a snowman!”  C decided not to do a mouth!

Build-A-Snowman Foam Dough by Crayon Box Chronicles

Meet The Snowmen Family! Here’s C’s first creation – so festive, fun, and sparkly!


Be sure to pop over to Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails blog each Sunday in November too! Here’s her Sensational Winter Sensory Play activities:

More messy play fun:

Raspberry Foam Dough Bunnies Activity for Easter

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49 thoughts on “Build A Snowman Foam Dough

  1. JayNine says:

    Thank you for sharing! This looks great! I can’t wait to try it with my LO too! I love getting into the goop with her & experimenting with different recipes & materials for sensory play crafts (I guess we’ll have to call them;). Happy to have found your fantastic blog space here on my familiar WordPress! Look forward to seeing more of your antics and adventures! Oh also, thank you for the very simple link straight to the products you used, with photos; to Amazon! I appreciate it because I’m just learning about the world of crafting within Amazon and am excited to find out ways to buy this way (in bigger bottles) to save a buck! THANKS AGAIN! Happy Holidays, your new follower,


    • crayonboxchronicles says:

      Hi Jeanine! Thank you so much for your amazing comment! I have been on a small blog break,so sorry it to so long to comment back. Following you now as well! Goop rocks! We’re big sensory seekers! Can’t wait to see all your fun ideas!


  2. sarahmo3w says:

    These look fun to make. I don’t do craft with my kids (usually leave them to do it themselves!), but I think I could cope with these. Popping over from Motivational Monday.


    • crayonboxchronicles says:

      Hi Tracy. It hardens as you play, but not enough to keep. We tested it and left them standing and within 3 days they broke apart. You could make salt dough w/ cornstarch and it will last. The recipe is my scented play clay post. 🙂


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