Fluffy Stuff - Two Ingredient Play-dough

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What do you get when you mix shaving cream with corn starch?

You get fluffy stuff (a mold-able play-with-me dough) that could be used to make summer snowballs.

I don't know if I found a cheaper way to entertain a group of children ranging from seven to two for an hour.

Blogger mamas throughout the web rave about this stuff and I can see why! 
It was fun to make, super messy, fun to mold, fun to squish, fun to play with, and inexpensive.

Did I mention it was really messy?

Here's how we made our fluffy stuff:
  • Dump two (2) 16-oz boxes of corn starch into a plastic container. 
  • I used a plastic box that was about 12-inches wide by 18-inches long by about 4-inches deep.  It worked really well.
  • Add an entire container of white foam shaving cream.  I got the one shown at the dollar store.
  • Let the kids mix the corn starch as you add the shaving cream and be prepared with molds if desired.  My kids used the shaving cream lid as a mold an just made mountains, a race track, "snowballs" and just had an awesome time with all the good sensory play that comes out of making this concoction.
It really is that easy.

You could also be prepared with a broom and a dust pan to clean up, as this stuff gets everywhere.
You can also save the fluffy stuff in a plastic zippered bag.

Some other notes (please see the photos):
  • As you can tell, I did this activity OUTSIDE.  Just a suggestion on my part.
  • The kids played with the corn starch for a couple minutes before adding the shaving cream to see how it feels by itself.
  • I needed help taking photos and spraying shaving cream into little hands as it is SO MESSY!  (That is not my hairy arm....)
  • I've never had kids that put things in their mouth but if you have a little one that tends to do that make sure they understand that it is NOT EDIBLE.
  • One blog post I read said that they used this "fluffy stuff" to have a summer snow ball fight.  We didn't do that this time but I may take a doubled batch of it this summer to a park to get messy and have fun before hosing off!
I spent less that $4 on this activity.  The cornstarch was on sale for $0.88 each box.  In retrospect I should have bought ten (10) of them!

The mixture washes off in the bath.  I was able to save the dough for about two weeks in a plastic sealed bag, and my kids got another use of it before it ended up on the ground. 

I think the pictures of my dirty little ones say it all!
Let me know how it works out for you and have fun playing with them while they're little, as always! =)

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    My sister (19) and I (16) just spent a good hour experimenting with this. Here's some of our findings:
    -This stuff is fun.
    -Makes a mess, but is easily wiped away with minimal effort.
    -If you heat it with a hair dryer, it won't be as sticky. It becomes chalkier on the outside, actually making it easier to play with. The heat will not make it harden (As far as we know; we heated it for about 3 minutes).
    Also, a small batch works fine. We made an "individual size" by just adding the corn starch and shaving gel until we had a desired amount.

    hair conditioners works great too. I love shaving cream at work for the kids but one student said it made her hands feel tingly. I looked and was shocked that most shaving creams use butane.

    I tried it. SO much fun. My little grandson and l can "play in the snow" (it rarely snows here. Great idea!!

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    It looks so fun

    This recipe made a lot of 3 year olds happy, thank you. Any other recipes or fun ideas for 3 year olds?

    Cornstarch and conditioner makes silky dough

    I'm so glad they enjoyed it!
    I do have one more instructable that my littlest one thoroughly enjoyed getting messy with. It's Cotton Ball Rocks.
    There are so many things out on the net too.... I'll be posting one more fun dough things, hopefully soon. =)
    Thanks!

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    I'm confused... is Play Dough really that expensive? In comparison, this seems like a huge, messy nightmare. After seeing this Instructable, I'm thinking the real stuff is well worth spending a few bucks more!

    PS - If the goal is just messy, outdoor fun, a backyard mud-pit would work just as well and costs nothing.

    HI! What I will respond to you with is this: Why make anything that is "different" than what we already have?  A few good examples are like why make a Care Bear Coat or an Iron Man Arc Reactor or A lightsaber?
    My answer is, especially when it comes to my children, that it's all about the experience.

    You are clearly a person that appears to have experience in many things (based off a quick look at your profile.)  With that, there are some things that I'm sure you have failed at and somethings that you are really good at. 

    Without experience in things that are different (even as simple as making a different kind of dough), you can't enjoy the ride of being human.  A simple change in making a different kind of dough makes kids happy and they have memories that they will have forever of playing with this corn starch-shaving cream mixture that their mom let them get messy with one weekend.  It reallly was SO FUN for them.

    So, why not mix corn starch and shaving cream once in your life?  So what if play dough is a few bucks more - Have fun with it and try it once and then next weekend go in the mud pit.  For me and my family, it's all about the fun together, even if it's one hour.