Foam Dough

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Two simple and common ingredients and one horrible mess! The kids did enjoy playing with it, after all, kids love a good mess, but I don’t see us playing with this stuff again.

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Start by taking equal parts cornstarch and shaving cream. This gave me a chance to use my Jurassic World shaving cream leftover from the marbled butterflies we made last week.
I started with 1 cup cornstarch and 1 cup shaving cream. I ended up adding almost another full cup of shaving cream to get a good texture.

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It’s texture is very similar to the moon sand that was advertised all over TV a few years ago. It’s very crumbly…..

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…. but it packs together very well.

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I added some red and blue food coloring to different piles to give some color. Am I the only one who feels this looks like blood? Anyway…..

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We spent quite a bit of time forming walls with the foam dough. Unfortunately I don’t have any molds to use for this, but they enjoyed it.
The mess wasn’t hard to clean up, but it was everywhere. It fell off the edge of the table, mashed into the table, all over their hands! Ugh! It wiped clean and you can vacuum it if necessary, but I’ll take play dough any day over this stuff!
Original pin can be found here.

Marbled Butterflies

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Although the weather was perfect outside today, after our stomping around the metroparks yesterday, I was in no mood for another outdoor adventure. That led to a raiding of Pinterest. I had a pin on my Fun for Kids board, but for whatever reason, the link is no longer good. It’s OK though because I remember the basics of how this works.

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Start with some shaving cream, plain white, so I had to buy some, as ours is a neon blue color. Yes, that is a special edition Jurassic World Barbasol. It made Arthur happy and was cheap!

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You will need a piece of cardboard for smoothing. I used a cookie sheet layered with aluminum foil as my work surface. You can use pretty much any surface, just keep cleanup in mind!

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Once you have your shaving cream smoothed out, it doesn’t have to be perfect, place some different colored drops of food coloring on it. Go easy at first, you can always add more later.

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This is where you can let the kids go nuts, swirling and twirling with a toothpick, or a chopstick, until the colors are all blended in a fun color design.

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Now you’re ready for transferring to paper!

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Lay your piece of paper over your color-swirled shaving cream and press gently. You’ll start to see the color bleeding through, but it’ll be ok, trust me.

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We made several different patterns while playing today. We would do one transfer, add more color and swirl again.

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In the end we had these four beauties. The very faint one on the right side was my first attempt, clearly not using enough food coloring.
While letting these dry, I was playing with the shaving cream, you know, like you do, until all of the colors blended into a bluish-green color.

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I’m sorry, but no one here should be surprised that I did this! This is also a fine example of how you can blend the colors like this before swirling more colors on top. It’ll give you a different background color. Pretty cool, yes?

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After everything dried, I folded the paper in half and cut out my butterfly shape.

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Something like this, but you can make up any shape really.

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Cute and colorful!

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The sunlight backing made it tough to see the colors, but these are a cute addition to our front window. Nothing quite like homemade decorations!
Craft on everyone!