We have turned one of our favorite sensory dough recipes, a taste safe dough, into an apple version. This apple foam dough is perfect for fall, a nutrition unit, or just because.
Using foam dough is not only fun for kids but it helpful for development as well. Playing with dough, such as this, helps children slow down and focus on being creative.
While they are doing this they are strengthening their finger muscles that are pertinent for fine motor skills. These skills are needed for actions such as tying shoes, holding a pencil and handwriting, cutting, coloring etc.
This foam dough is a fun way for kids to make their own apples, just in time for fall! This easy taste safe recipe is great for toddlers, and the apple creation allows them to utilize skills such as rolling and pinching. Take a look below at how to make your own foam dough apples, and see how much this fall sensory activity can be!
This is another creative apple craft for kids!
Most of the time it does take a little effort to make our kids play activities. That being said, not only does this not require much time at all, it is also so worth every moment it takes! Kids who love squishing and kneading dough will absolutely love this apple dough!
The first thing to do to do is to create the taste safe foam dough. This is a pretty quick process and should not take too long. This is also a fun step for children to help with. They can stir, add ingredients, etc.
To turn the taste safe foam dough into an apple version, the first new ingredient is red food coloring. We only added a few drops, but the amount is flexible. Too much, though, could turn hands colors, so just be aware. This will give your dough the hue it needs to look like apples.
Kids will love this step, too. Knead the foam dough well in your hands. Squish it, roll it, or smash it. The purpose is to connect the color to the dough so that all parts of the dough is, in this case, red.
Once the dough is red, it’s time to play! Anything can be formed with this dough, but to create an apple there are a few simple steps.
Have children roll it within their palms to create a ball or apple shape. You can make all different sized apples if you wish, feel free to get creative with apple variations!
Another fun dough recipe is one we used to make mud pies!
Once you have some foam dough balls rolled up, take a small piece of twig. Insert the twig at the top of the ball of dough. If you don’t have real twigs or leaves within reach, you can always use fake greenery. Dollar stores sell silk leaves and stems, so these are always an option.
You can now add in some leaves and foliage. This makes it looks just like a freshly picked apple! Tuck a few leaves into the apple by the stem.
When you are done, you can deconstruct your apples and start all over or create something new! This dough, as I mentioned above, is a fantastic sensory activity for children of all ages.