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Today’s invitation to create and play explores loose materials, hidden shapes and tracing, and classic foam dough. Our shamrock foam dough is soft, fragrant, and uses just 3 simple ingredients – cornstarch, shaving cream, and green food coloring. We added shimmering gold glitter and shamrock goodies to complete our easy-to set-up St. Patrick’s Day activity.
Foam Dough Recipe:
- Cornstarch (US); Cornflour (UK), 14 oz
- Shaving Cream, 10 oz
- Green Food Coloring
- Gold Glitter
This simple 3-ingredient sensory play recipe whips up in less than 5 minutes. It’s inexpensive to make, reusable, just add more shaving cream at playtime, and fun.
Add a full bag of corn starch or corn flour and 3/4 can of shaving cream. Foam dough tends to dry-out quickly, so we reserved a little. Next, add your food coloring, 10-15 drops.
Now, mix, mix, mix! Encourage your child to squish it through their fingers and knead it. It’s great for sensory stimulation. My little sensory seeker doesn’t like to get his hands dirty, aside from dirt and dry doughs, so I create these meaningful play experiences to help challenge his sensory capabilities.
For our project, the dough was best more sticky-like because we’re molding it and adding decorations. So, we added more shaving cream and a dash of gold glitter. Next, gather your sensory materials and create!
Craft & Play Materials:
- Shamrock Cookie Cutter
- Shamrock Bead Necklace
- Gold Play Coins
- Colored Pasta
- Green Loose Materials, various textures
- Kids Scissors
- Tray (optional)
I opened-up my craft bins and he went on a sensory exploration for all things green! He chose green sequins, popsicle sticks, colored goggle-eyes, and pipe cleaners. We had green colored pasta from our ultimate learning sensory bin we made awhile back. We try to re-use our sensory play materials as much as possible.
I purchased him a shamrock beaded necklace, cookie-cutter, and gold coins for this activity from Michaels. But, you could easily just use all green loose parts from your craft bin. After he collected his loose materials, I arranged them inside a wooden tray in a visually stimulating way.
I knew he really enjoyed cutting beads from our heart sensory collage activity, so it was no surprise that he immediately grabbed the shamrock necklace and began cutting. “I’m cutting Mommy! “I’m cutting my necklace!” he yelled. It holds his attention and helps develop his much-needed cutting skills for preschool.
He started off stamping and creating designs with a shamrock cookie-cutter inside a large bowl. He definitely needed more room to create and play, so I pulled out our hidden shapes tray we made last year.
Our hidden shapes sensory tray was a perfect learning addition to our St Paddy’s Day sensory bin. It encourages tracing, shape recognition, peek-a-boo games, and fine motor play.
Shamrock stamping fun! You may need to add more shaving cream as you play to get them to stay together.
After cutting and stamping, he began creating a shamrock sensory collage with all the loose material he collected earlier. Our child-led activity encourages self exploration and creativity with minimal instruction from adults.
Shamrock fun! Once the foam dough dried out a bit, he really enjoyed using the shamrock cookie cutter to stamp and create sensory art.
What shapes do you see? This was a great opportunity to explore tracing and shape recognition with the foam dough.
Little C was smashing, mushing, and creating hidden gold coin balls. “Let’s go on a treasure hunt,” he said. He proceeded to smash and mush all the green foam dough balls in search of gold coins.
“I got the GOLD!” he yelled. He loves exploring sensory play.
Sensory play helps children develop words to sensations and strengthen new motor skills through shaping, molding, and mixing. We’ll be exploring more St. Patrick’s day sensory crafts later this week.
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48 thoughts on “Shamrock Foam Dough Hidden Shapes Tray”
what is god replacement if you don’t have cornstarch when making shamrock play dough with shaving cream
Did you ever get an answer? I have a kid allergic to corn products and can’t use them
This just looks like so much fun… from making the dough to squishing it, digging in it, and looking for treasures in it! I think I’m going to have to try a batch of it for my boys! Thanks so much for sharing this on Makeovers & Motherhood’s Welcome Party Wednesday Link-Up! I am featuring it this week!
Thank you so much for the feature and hosting! 🙂 So happy you enjoyed the post!
This is a great idea! I had no idea you could make foam dough with shaving cream!
Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!
oh, this looks like fun and so easy to make! Thanks for sharing at the After School Link Up.
Thanks Kelly! And thanks so much for hosting. 🙂
That looks like lots of fun for little ones. Thanks for linking up with Mom’s Library, I’ll be featuring you this week at Crystal’s Tiny Treasures. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
HI Crystal. Thank you so much for stopping by and the feature! Happy Patrick’s Day to you too. 🙂
Am loving this- and with all the green I could do the same as some of it and call it kryptonite.
Fun! Thank you! 🙂
Just in case you haven’t see the [Facebook] memo, I’ve added your brilliant shamrock foam dough sensory project to my list of fun St. Patrick’s Day crafts and activities for kids.
I ALWAYS enjoy the creativity you bring with your sensory trays/bins. And this idea was no exception!
Enjoy your evening Heather!
Thank you so much Courtney! You’re so kind. 🙂 Love your KIX post!
This is great….about how long will it last? I’d like to use it in my classroom
Hi Beth. We seal our in a gallon zip lock for months. To reuse, add sharing cream to make it tacky and moldable. You can still play with it after it’s sealed without adding shaving cream, but it’s not moldable, more cloud dough like. Thanks! 🙂
I love this!! So many amazing fine motor skills and sensory exploration happening with this!
thank you Heather. 🙂 It was a lot of fun.