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I will confess that half of the appeal of bubble dough – at least for me – was the name. The name just inspired visions of fun and whimsy, so I knew I wanted to try it out as part of our sensory play. Plus the appeal of something easy to make and easy to clean was just too good to pass up.
Here’s how we made our bubble dough:
- 1 cup corn starch
- 1/4 cup dishwashing soap
- Few drops of liquid watercolor paint (optional)
Add the dishwashing soap to the corn starch slowly until you reach the desired consistency. Depending on your soap, you may need a bit less or a bit more than what this recipe calls for.
The end result was beautiful to look at and delightfully silky to play with.
I provided the kids with some kitchen-themed tools to use while playing with the bubble dough.
The dough was easy to mold and easy to cut.
The kids created a veritable feast using the bubble dough. I love how my kids will play for hours if I just give them a few props to use with the dough!
QBoy experimented with pushing the bubble dough through a funnel, and created this fun bubble dough snake.
As the kids played, the bubble dough got drier and began to crumble a bit. I have found that to happen with virtually all of our recipes that use corn starch.
Fortunately, because bubble dough is made of dish washing soap, clean up was a breeze. The kids used a wet rag to clean up, and as the bubble dough got wet it turned quite soapy!
More sensory play resources
More sensory play posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Fun with flubber
- Water beads and shaving cream
- Fun with oobleck
- Writing with shaving cream
- Watermelon oobleck
- Kinetic sand
- Water beads and shaving cream
For more activities that will delight the senses, see my Sensory Play page and my Sensory Play Pinterest board.
Looks like fun! How does this compare in texture to Playdoh?
It actually compares quite nicely to playdoh! It was very moldable, but I did notice that over time it became more dry so adding more soap would have helped.
This Ole Mom
Hello, I have never heard of bubble dough before. I really need to try this.
I think my little boy would like that! I am coming by from We Made it Wednesday.
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Thanks for linking up this sensory fun at After School!
This looks like so much fun! It looks like the perfect playdough substitute when I want playdough fast. What a great idea to use liquid watercolor as coloring. That dough is so bright!
Who doesn’t like play dough? I have tried some of the homemade play dough recipes out there and I think I will try yours too. Educational play is always a plus in our house. Thank you for sharing and for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop 🙂
Oh wow I actually have NOT tried this dough as yet! Looks like the perfect new dough for our Easter rainy days indoors for tomorrow. Thanks you this looks great. Pinned & GPlus’d
Thanks! I just did this with my 5 year old (while her older brothers were doing school), and it was great! It was a fun new texture, and I like that it uses ingredients I always have.