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3 Ingredients: Homemade Kinetic Sand – Rainbow Foam Dough

homemade kinetic sand recipe

Rainbow Foam Dough (Homemade Kinetic Sand)

If you are looking for a great low-cost Science based activity to while away a few happy hours, you’ll love this Rainbow Foam Dough recipe. Think of it as a kind of homemade kinetic sand.  Of course, making it is just part of the fun.  Your children will have hours of fun playing with and modelling with it too.

Use a variety of different food colourings to achieve different coloured dough.

It’s so easy, even kids can do it, and you’ve probably already got all three of these ingredients hiding in your pantry somewhere! So what are you waiting for?

Let’s get mixing!

You’ll need:
Shaving Cream
Food colouring


Put shaving cream into bowls and combine with food colouring to create different colours. Add the corn flour and combine with fingers until it creates a dough consistency and sticks together when moulded.

Warning: Parental supervision is required whilst spraying the shaving cream to ensure that it isn’t held near the face, eyes or mouth.

homemade kinetic sand recipe

homemade kinetic sand recipe

This sensory experience is also a fantastic activity for developing:

Mathematical skills: Measuring ingredien

Scientific skills: Understand that mixing different items you can create something entirely different.

Language and communication skills: Following instructions, and discussing the process, feeling, etc with parents/ peers and caregivers.

Fine motor skills: Handling and mixing and modelling the dough encourages the development of fine motor skills

Do not allow children to put the rainbow foam dough into their mouths.  This activity is not recommended for children under 3…although there is no limit on what age-group will enjoy this sensory experience. The rolled dough actually makes great little ‘stress balls,’ so Mum, Dad and the grandparents can get in on the modelling action too and benefit from its therapeutic qualities!

The Kids Lounge team recommend storing your homemade kinetic sand in a air-tight container when not in use to prevent it from drying out.


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Jolene enjoys writing, sharing and connecting with other like-minded women online – it also gives her the perfect excuse to ignore Mount-Washmore until it threatens to bury her family in an avalanche of Skylander T-shirts and Frozen Pyjama pants. (No one ever knows where the matching top is!) Likes: Reading, cooking, sketching, dancing (preferably with a Sav Blanc in one hand), social media, and sitting down on a toilet seat that one of her children hasn’t dripped, splashed or sprayed on. Dislikes: Writing pretentious crap about herself in online bio’s and refereeing arguments amongst her offspring.

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