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Today we’re creating raspberry foam dough bunnies using loose parts. Our invitation to create and play explores sensory, imaginative play, and build-a-bunny fun. We’ve made snowman foam dough and shamrock foam dough in the past, but never scented. Can you tell we love foam dough play?!
Scented Foam Dough Recipe:
- Cornstarch (US) Cornflour (UK), 14 oz
- Raspberry Scented Shaving Cream, 10-14 oz
- Pink Food Coloring or Gel Icing
- White & Pink Washable Paint & Brush (for ears – optional)
We scored our large can of raspberry shaving cream at our local 99¢ store. If you can’t find raspberry scented shaving cream, add raspberry candy flavoring or raspberry extract. The candy flavoring is also available at Michaels and the extract in most major grocery stores.
How to Make Foam Dough:
Add a full bag of corn starch and 3/4 can of shaving cream. Foam dough tends to dry-out quickly, so we reserved a little. Next, add your pink food coloring, 10-15 drops or 2 small dollops if you’re using gel icing colors.
Now, mix, mix, mix! Encourage your child to squish it through their fingers and knead it. It’s great for sensory stimulation. For this project, the foam dough was best more sticky-like because we’re molding it and adding decorations.
- Pipe Cleaners (whiskers, mouth)
- Buttons (nose)
- Egg Carton Pieces (ears)
- Cotton Balls (tail)
- White Felt (teeth)
- Ribbon (neck-tie)
Once your dough is ready, gather your craft supplies. We used whatever we had in our craft and recycling bin. There are lots of options for loose materials.
For the bunny ears we recycled egg carton pieces. This is another fun art project for kids. Using white tempura paint, cover the pieces, then add pink for the inside of the ears.
Roll the dough into balls to make the bodies. When connecting the balls, add a little dab of shaving cream to help it stick together. If it begins to dry-out, add the remaining 1/4 can of shaving cream. Pack the balls really tight to get them to stay together. It’s decorating time.
He added the white pipe cleaner whiskers first, then the nose. Did I mention how wonderful it smells?!
He continued adding loose materials to create the bunny. In preschool children learn about their face, so this is a fun activity to help them practice placement and identify parts.
Lastly, add the neck-tie and cute fluffy cotton tail.
Super cute, right?! Our easy to set-up Easter activity for kids is lots of fun and a wonderful sensory experience.
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