How to Make Crayon Floam Dough
Sensory doughs are one of our favorite ways to play and this Crayon Floam Dough recipe was a HUGE hit in our house! We've love crayon dough since we experimented with how to make crayon play dough. We decided to give another sensory dough a twist on the crayon dying method and made our own homemade Crayon Floam Dough.
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What is Floam?
Maybe you've seen floam in stores or played with it in the past. This foamy, moldable dough is so light and cool to play with! It's really a fun sensory material. We made our floam dough with ingredients we had on hand and this is how we did it:
(You want to make floam. Really!)
How to make Crayon Play Dough Floam Dough:
We started with a variation of our crayon play dough recipe.
Chop up two crayons in the same color family. To make the red dough, I used two different red crayon shades. The color isn't important in this dough, (although you can make a big range of colored dough using our shades of crayon play dough idea.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil on a stove. Mix in the chopped crayons and stir. Don't let the oil heat up too much, and slowly stir in 2 cups of water. Add 2 and 1/2 cups of flour to the mixture and keep stirring over heat. This is less flour than our typical crayon dough recipe because we are omitting salt. The added foam makes up for this and holds the dough together. It seems like leaving the salt out of this dough recipe helps with the airy lightness of this floam.
Pour the lump of dough out onto a chopping board and knead when tolerable. You will want the dough to pull together. If the dough is too sticky, add flour by half cup. Mixing up the dough is very quick. It doesn't need much kneading, but you will want to wait a few minutes until you can tolerate the heat. Overall, this dough pulls together in about fifteen minutes!
Once cool, fold in styrofoam fill. We used filler from a pillow that was torn for our dough, but you could use bean bag filler as well which can be purchased in craft stores or here. You will want to add a bunch of the filler so the dough is mainly made up of the filler and held together by dough. It's amazing to feel the dough "lighten up" as more filler is added.
This floam dough is moldable and pretty much awesome! It's crumbly, yet moldable.
Mess-warning: This dough is MESSY! Rather, the filler is the messy part. When you mold and play with this floam, the little filler bits will pull out of the dough. Play with this sensory activity in a large shallow bin or on a tablecloth spread out on the floor.
We had so much fun with our homemade floam! Watch the blog and our Facebook page for play and learning ideas with this homemade sensory dough!
More ways to use crayons in play dough:
Shades of red crayon play dough | Harold and the Purple Crayon play dough | Rainbow Crayon Play Dough
If you like the idea of using your broken crayon pieces in something as fun and creative as play dough, then you will love to try a few different ideas, too. We've given crayon play dough a run for it's fun and tried a few different versions. Check them out and if you make a batch, let us know how you get creative with crayon play dough!