My kiddos love to cook. Anytime I'm in the kitchen preparing a meal, you can be sure to find them underfoot or hauling a chair in from the dining room so they're tall enough to help! They don't generally care what I'm making, so long as they get to participate, but I think if you're going to cook pretend food, then it ought to be something fun! So, we decided doughnuts would be fun to whip up, and I wanted to use foam dough for this project since a few blogger friends are also featuring this dough this week!
We first made this recipe back in Hawaii and had a faux snowball fight with our playgroup. It feels light and fluffy, just like snow and is really moldable! It's pretty messy as you mix it up, but just keep at it until it's not too gooey and not too crumbly.
Foam Dough Recipe
- 2 cups of cornstarch
- 1 can of shaving cream (you probably won't need all of it, just keeping adding more as you mix until it's the right consistency)
I grabbed an few kitchen utensils and it was really as easy as that! The donut plan, a couple spatulas, a hot pad and sprinkles was plenty to spark their imaginations!
I tried to make some "frosting" by adding a bit of cocoa powder to the mix to get chocolate foam dough, but it became pretty crumbly and lost the smooth and fluffy texture of the original dough, I would recommend just adding food coloring instead. Here Aurora is trying to pipe on some frosting, but it's too think to flow through the bag, the original dough works well for piping though!
After shaping our doughnuts, we flattened out some frosting to layer on top and decorated with sprinkles, that was Gray's most favorite part (surprise)!
Then the little miss wanted to bake them in her oven, just like mommy does. She hunted around the playroom for her apron and then announced, very seriously that the oven was hot and she needed a hot pad to put her doughnuts in. I was more than happy to oblige her adorable little self as she set about twisting knobs and peeking in to check on her creations every ten seconds. After less than a minute, her goodies were done baking and ready to pretend eat! If only I could cook our real food in that amount of time!
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