Foam Dough Sensory Play
Monster Making Fine Motor Skills Activity & Sensory Processing Play
January is all about Foam Dough!
I signed on to the 12 months of sensory dough play as a sort of therapy for my son who has a sensory processing disorder diagnosis. He can’t stand for his hands to be messy and often needs to wash them right away if something gets on his hands or spills on his hands. As you can imagine, mud, shaving cream, lotion, finger paint, slime, even bubbles that are too dry and the like are not that appealing to him! I love the idea of messy play experiences and want to introduce him to different types to broaden his experiences and become more comfortable with this type of play. Here we go this month trying foam dough which is simple shaving cream and cornstarch mixed together. Oh and his new favorite show is Monster Math, so I thought monster making would be fun!
Foam Dough Sensory Play Set Up
As I mentioned, foam is dough sensory play is simply shaving cream and cornstarch. I did not find a specific recipe for measurements. I figured we would play it by feel and dump some of each in a bowl. Second time around I would do it on the table instead. I used a bit more cornstarch than shaving cream figuring it might be a little less intimidating for him. I also set out a tray of monster parts. Earlier I hot glued googly eyes and pom poms to toothpicks for additional monster parts that he could use his fine motor skills to stick into the dough and create monsters!
Foam Dough Sensory Play Making
He enjoyed helping to put all the ingredients into the bowl!
Foam Dough Sensory Play Mixing
Now here’s where the real foam dough sensory play begins! I was actually very suprised that he wanted to put his hands in and mix. He actually stayed in it for quite sometime mixing it around. I had my hand in there too and well, the camera is quite a bit messy! Very hard to photograph messy play especially with a child who is kick to be done with this type of activity.
Foam Dough Sensory Play Monster Making
I had to be quick about this as I could see his ability to tolerate the foam dough on his hands so I molded him some monster bodies and he stuck some of the parts into them. Some broke apart and I tried to remix the dough a bit. It worked much better if I squished piles on top of the table! Very quickly, he ended the play and went to wash his hands. When he came back, he would only watch saying he didn’t want to have to wash his hands again.
Foam Dough Sensory Play Conclusion
Although he enjoyed mixing it up and feeling it, if I wanted him to play with it longer, I would probably have to make it before hand so he wouldn’t get so messy right from the start. We will have to give it another go and see what happens if he is willing! I feel it was a win anyway since he did try it and tolerated the mess for much longer than I thought! Check out next month and play along with all of us!
I made another batch after bedtime. I started with shaving cream and mixed the cornstarch in until I had a god consistency! I am eager to see if he will try it tomorrow!
Read all about the 12 Months of Sensory Dough Play over at Lemon Lime Adventures and check out these other awesome blogs for more foam dough sensory play ideas!