Preschool Activities and Printables

Foam Dough = Shaving Cream + Corn Starch


My preschooler loves playing with play dough, but what do you do when you run out? I’ve tried making my own, but it never turns out as smooth as the store-bought dough. I don’t love the price tag either. So, as usual, I browse the internet for ideas. When I first saw this dough online, I fell in love with it. Only 2 ingredients? And no cooking? Sold! It was almost too good to be true. Be warned: this cornstarch-shaving cream dough is amazing! The texture is very soft and silky, and it’s very moldable (kind of like moon sand, but with out the high cost). Best of all, it’s super easy to clean up. A few minutes with the vacuum, and everything was good as new, unlike play dough that gets stuck in your carpet. This is a great addition to any classroom or home. Just make sure your child doesn’t eat it because of the shaving cream! Here’s what you’ll need to make this awesome and easy dough:



  • Shaving cream
  • Cornstarch
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Cups, spoons, bowls, play dough toys, etc. (optional)
Step 1: There’s only one step! Just pour any amount of cornstarch, and squirt about the same amount of shaving cream on top of the cornstarch (you can add more of either if you need to as you mix it until you get a moldable dough). Then just mix it by squishing it with your fingers (my daughter really loved this part!). ¬†You can also add some food coloring if you want to add some color. That’s it! Super easy. Super quick. Super fun! Enjoy!


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13 comments on “Foam Dough = Shaving Cream + Corn Starch
    • Hi B,

      As far as I could tell, the dough did not harden. It is hard to be certain how long that’s the case since most of it ended up in the vacuum within a week (my daughter made several HUGE messes). I’m sure, however, if it started to dry out you could easily add a little more shaving cream to moisten it. Hope this helps! Enjoy!

    • Mary on said:

      My daughters and I made this for the first time this past weekend. It basically dries out and crumbles with a couple hours. They enjoyed making it (along with a huge mess), but didn’t have a whole lot of fun actually playing with the dough. Definitely not the same consistency as play doh and difficult to mold.

  1. TesB on said:

    I was so excited about only using 2 ingredients. Didn’t quite turnout like I was hoping for to build our volcano. It’s definitely a keeper for moon dough

  2. Tonya on said:

    I just tried this as a test subject for a birthday craft. Turned out pretty neat, took a lot more shaving cream than I thought but it worked out in the end. Now I know how much I’ll need for the party. Really simple and cheap way to entertain multiple kids, I hope they like it too. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Fun spontaneous play! My daughter loved the feel, and unlike another poster, the molding was fabulous for our cookie cutters! Perfect, and felt fluffy and light–an interesting sensory stim. Smelled a little strong, but I was fine with that–and I’m a conservative when it comes to chems, etc… Usually tend toward organic stuff for decades now, but like to let it go once in awhile! Will see how long it lasts, though…might be the downside…Thanks for a little over an hour of fun!

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  7. Big hit w girl 10, boy 61/2, boy 5. Played about an hour, swim for an hour then back to it. Just added a bit more shaving cream. Easy clean up w vac.This is def a keeper! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Didn’t turn out. I used a little over a cup of starch and more then half a bottle of shaving cream. It was just a crumbly mess.

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