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. This super simple bubble dough recipe has become our new favorite homemade play 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!
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- 1 Cup Cornstarch
- 1/2 Cup Shampoo
- Glitter (optional)
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 it said that Dawn dish soap sometimes doesn’t work right…and since I use Dawn at home, I thought I’d try substituting with 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.
This homemade playdough is also VERY stretchy.
They had fun forming “snowballs” and making miniature snowmen, complete with pipe cleaner arms, and watching them “melt.”
Eventually some of the animals from our collection made it to our play.
I think cornstarch is quickly becoming one of our favorite ingredients for sensory play fun. After all our fun with this simple bubble dough recipe, I’ve got a lot of new ideas for things to try mixing with it.
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