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Soap Foam Dough: Easy and Fun Sensory Play for Kids

Soap Foam Dough: Easy and Fun Sensory Play for Kids


Get ready to dive into the world of sensory play with our latest discovery - Soap Foam Dough! This new favorite of my youngest son is a wonder to explore and play with. It's moldable like play dough, snaps like silly putty, and is incredibly easy to make. Best of all, it’s a no-mess, no-fuss activity perfect for busy parents and curious kids.

What is Soap Foam Dough?

Soap Foam Dough is a two-ingredient sensory dough that’s part of our exciting activities in the new book "Pop! Squirt! Splash!" It's an excellent material for hands-on play and learning, combining the fun of play dough with the unique properties of silly putty.


To whip up this sensory delight, you'll need:

  • 2 cups of foaming hand soap (or homemade soap foam using castile soap)
  • 3/4 cup of cornstarch
  • 1/4 tbsp of liquid watercolors (optional for color)

How to Make Soap Foam Dough

  1. Combining Ingredients: In a bowl, mix the foaming hand soap with liquid watercolors.
  2. Adding Cornstarch: Gradually add in the cornstarch, kneading until smooth. Adjust the consistency by adding more cornstarch or soap if necessary. The dough should be non-sticky and able to snap in half.

The Unique Texture

What sets Soap Foam Dough apart is its ability to snap cleanly, much like silly putty. This feature not only adds to the fun but also makes it an excellent tool for educational activities like exploring fractions or practicing stacking skills.

Colorful Creations

Mixing different colors of dough results in a gorgeous marbled effect, adding an artistic twist to sensory play.

Educational Play Ideas

  • Exploring Fractions: Use the snapping feature to teach basic fractions.
  • Stacking Games: Challenge kids to stack different shapes and explore balance.

Cleanup and Transformation

Cleaning up is a breeze - the dough simply melts away with water. But before you clean up, why not transform the Soap Foam Dough into colorful, messy oobleck? Just add water to the dough in a 1:1 ratio to achieve an oobleck-like texture.

Safety and Supervision

As always, while this dough is safe for most children, supervision is key. Ensure kids don’t ingest the dough, and be mindful of any allergies or skin sensitivities.


Soap Foam Dough is more than just a play material; it’s a gateway to learning through sensory exploration. We'd love to see the creative ways you and your little ones use Soap Foam Dough. Share your experiences and pictures in the comments below!

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  • Danielle Lasit