Sensory Play with Bubble Dough



We had so much fun with our “Is it a solid or liquid?’ experiment, that I just couldn’t wait to find more fun sensory play ideas using cornstarch.

Introducing Bubble Dough!


making bubble dough

I first heard about Bubble Dough through a pin by Creative Playhouse, and I just had to try it!  I chose not to add the oil she suggested to make the “better version” her post was about.  But I definitely went with adding the glitter!

Our bubble dough was made with 1 cup of cornstarch and 1/2 cup of shampoo.  The original recipe called for 1/2 cup of liquid dish soap, but said that Dawn dish soap sometimes doesn’t work right…and since I use Dawn at home, I thought I’d try substituting some shampoo.

Shampoo worked great!  Plus, if you use a scented shampoo it turns out smelling nice!

My son’s first reaction to the bubble dough was, “It’s so soft!”  It really, really is.  The cornstarch gives it a lovely feel. cornstarch play dough

It is also VERY stretchy.

They had fun forming “snowballs” and making miniature snowmen, complete with pipe cleaner arms, and watching them “melt.” play dough using cornstarch


Eventually some of the animals from our collection made it to our play.

shampoo and cornstarch

I love how my son photo-bombed this one!


I think cornstarch is quickly becoming one of our favorite ingredients for sensory play fun.  I’ve already got a few more ideas of things to try mixing with it….


Have you created any fun sensory doughs using cornstarch?


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  1. one of the best photo bombs I have ever seen! I haven’t tried making any homemade playdough…perhaps one day. so going to pin this, thanks for sharing babe.
    karen recently posted..DINOSAUR STORY – TEAM DINO

    1. I really only made homemade play dough once when my daughter was little… Then I just started buying Play Doh. But this one is definitely a winner!

      (Yes, I think he has a future in cute photo bombing!)

  2. Oh that looks like fun! We haven’t done cornstarch ourselves before, but they do it a lot at our local playgroup. But I haven’t seen it mixed with shampoo before…
    Danya Banya recently posted..Painting with Nature (and a peg)

    1. Definitely recommend this one! :)

  3. That looks like heaps of fun!
    Francesca recently posted..What to do with a bumper yield of lemons

    1. It really was! :)

  4. Oh this looks really good – I love how it is so stretchy.

    Visiting from the pin it party

    Pinkoddy recently posted..Sensory Processing Disorder: Vestibular #Movement

    1. We had lots of fun with it! Thanks for stopping by; looking forward to checking out your pinterest boards….

  5. I love this idea!!
    Donna @ Little Lilypad Co recently posted..Things I have realised ….

  6. What a great idea. I have never attempted anything like this but I think my son would love it. I have pinned to our board and also shared on our new google plus page.
    Thanks for sharing with the pin it party :)
    Mum of One recently posted..Mondays Parenting Pin it Party #13

  7. The combination sounds really weird, but it obviously works! I like the sound of the softness, I just want to get my fingers into some!
    Alicia – One Mother Hen recently posted..Lamb feast with friends

    1. Oh, it is a strange combo, but definitely one we will do again!

  8. Absolutely brilliant! As a mum of one 19 month old I am absolutely loving discovering these fabulous ideas. And look how stretchy it is, I think mum will have just as much fun with this one!

    Thanks for linking up for Mummy Mondays!
    Eva @ The Multitasking Mummy recently posted..Mummy Mondays – What they didn’t tell me about being a Mum

    1. Mum will definitely have just as much fun! I couldn’t keep my hands off of it! :)

  9. I love cornstarch! We love mixing it with water and food coloring. Never tried it with dish soap or shampoo, what a great idea! We’ll try soon!
    Tal @ The Crafeteria recently posted..Making My Girl Happy. A Tutu Skirt

    1. Mixing it with water is totally fun!

  10. What fun! Definitely going to do this with my little one! :)
    Jesikah recently posted..Green Week in Tot School!

  11. This looks awesome! My kiddos will love this thank you so much for sharing :)
    Kat recently posted..The Childless Life: Are you smart enough not to have kids?

  12. This is great! Pinned it! Thanks for sharing @ TMTP!

    1. Thank you for pinning it!

  13. That looks great, I must try it. Found you from the Pin-it party. x
    Emma recently posted..Mini Magnet Maze

  14. We just did this today and we had a blast! :) We left out the oil too and used dish soap. So much fun! Love your blog!
    Claudette recently posted..Green No-Bake Playdough

    1. I might need to try it with dish soap since we aren’t using oil, although the scented shampoo does smell nice!

  15. omg, I’ve never heard of this, but I want to play with it too!
    Donna DM Yates recently posted..Your Personal Mission Statement

    1. Seriously, the ideas out there for kids are so much fun!

  16. That looks like so much fun! I love how you incorporated the penguin toys into play. I don’t know why I’ve never thought to do that with our play dough. Thanks so much for sharing at the KBN Back to School Link up!
    Tulip recently posted..DIY Bananagrams: Letter Tiles

    1. Mine love to put their animal toys into so much of our sensory play. We have a serious animal collection here….

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