Recently I found myself at the local dollar store stocking up on all the ingredients I would need to create some fun sensory doughs for my kids. You can find these sensory play ideas on my Pinterest boards Sensory Play and Creative Kiddies. I found myself buying loads of hair conditioner, hair gel, corn starch, baking soda, shaving cream, and so on.
Of all the new sensory doughs I’ve pinned, I was most excited about trying out Play Create Explore’s Ice Cream Dough, which is made of hair conditioner and corn starch. It is the softest and smoothest play dough ever and I loved that when scooped it really did look like ice cream!
When preparing this sensory dough, I tweaked the recipe slightly. I used the base recipe of hair conditioner and corn starch, but since the conditioner was vanilla scented, I added a packet of orange kool-aid, thus making what the kids and I like to call orange creamsicle sensory dough.
I attempted to set up our new sensory dough as though it were ice cream, but only Corinne was marginally interested in that pretend notion. What she really wanted to do was use a can strainer to push the dough through to make sprinkles.
William, on the other hand, pretended to make strawberry rhubarb pie. Seeing that we rarely eat ice cream without the accompaniment of pie, it makes sense. He practiced kneading the dough slightly, then rolling it out as he has seen me do with pie dough so many times.
This creamsicle sensory dough has quickly become on of our favorite play doughs. It smells delicious! It is smooth and silky, and I don’t even mind playing with it because it doesn’t dry out my hands. I’m sure there are a million other combinations of scents that could be used, too. We’ll keep you posted!
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I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about everything in between. Right now, my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction