Have you ever made soap foam with your kids?
Here’s an easy sensory play idea that’s perfect for a day inside. Soap foam can be used in several play activities.
How to Make the Soap Foam
- Dish soap or baby soap
- Washable liquid watercolors
- Blender, stand mixer, or hand mixer
- Sensory bin container (baking dish, plastic bin, etc.)
Place 2 tablespoons of dish soap together with ¼ cup of water and a squirt or two of washable liquid watercolors in a blender or mixer. (You can also use food coloring but watch out for staining clothes and surfaces.)
Choose a dish soap that is gentle enough for kids’ hands. You can also use baby soap or liquid hand soap. You may need to experiment with ratios to figure out how to make the best foam.
Blend or mix until you get a container full of foam. Transfer the foam to your sensory bin container. If any liquid remains, blend or mix again to make more soap foam.
Make multiple batches to fill a larger sensory bin. The size of sensory bin is totally up to you. I often use a plastic bin the size of a baking dish or one the size of a shoe box.
Build the Soap Foam Sensory Bin
What else do you want to add to the sensory bin? The soap foam is a great start and will entertain many kids for a while. If you want to extend the playtime, add something to the soap foam.
Try these ideas below.
Letter tiles (like Bananagrams or My First Bananagrams) – hide the letter tiles in the foam. Have your child find the letters. As they pull out the letters, you can work on letters or letter sounds. Have your child say the letter names or letter sounds as they find each letter. You could also work on word families, sight words, and spelling words. Hide letters that spell the words you want to work on.
Toy animals (like Safari Ltd. or Wild Republic) – hide the animals in the foam. Have your child search for the animals. Use this play to encourage your child to talk about what they see. Or let them create their own play scenes.
Foam or plastic blocks – have your child search for the blocks in the foam and then build with them.
Measuring cups, spoons, whisks – let the foam be your child’s culinary creation. Encourage them to measure, mix, and pour. Add a whisk or even an egg beater to keep the foam foamy longer.
What will you add to the soap foam?