This is one of those fun activities that's quick, easy, and soooo open ended. It took me around 10 minutes total to whip up this huge batch of bubbly, puffy, rainbow soap foam fun. We've played with soap foam before, but just plain white bubbles so our baby could play too. I decided it was time to add some color and feel the rainbow. And since S is such a fan of bubbles, I decided to fill our entire sensory bin with the rainbow soap foam!
Don't you just want to dive right in?
You could make just two primary colors and make it into a color mixing lesson.
You could make it just a sensory activity by itself.
Or you could add some cars, as S did, and transform it into a rainbow car wash.
However you work it, there's something that's just so much fun about swirling a huge bunch of soap foam.
S worked the sensory angle by swirling and mixing. She made foam mountains and crushed them. She washed six cars exceedingly well.
And then herself. And shortly thereafter a designated small area of the deck. :)
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All in all, a great time with things on hand! To make your own super puffy fluffy soap foam, you will need:
2 Tbsp of dish soap (we used Dawn Dish Soap) (I believe this is Washing Up Liquid in the UK? Whatever soap you would use to wash your dishes)
1/4 cup water (please note if your tap water is especially hard or soft, you will need to substitute bottled water so that the soap will bubble well)
In a bowl, add 2 Tbsp of dish soap and 1/4 cup of water. Add food coloring or Colorations Liquid Watercolors (we used Liquid Watercolors here) to the mix if desired. Mix on the highest possible setting for 1-2 minutes. Your foam should be able to form stiff peaks that hold their shape. Scoop it out into your container and repeat as necessary until you have the desired amount of foam!
If your child has sensitive skin, you can substitute whatever bubble bath they use for the dish soap in the recipe above. :)
I do not recommend this activity for very young children who may put the soap in their mouths or eyes. The soap is not meant to be ingested and will sting if rubbed into eyes.
**Please note that we used liquid watercolors and had no staining as liquid watercolors are washable. If you use food coloring, you are very likely to have some staining as food coloring is not washable.**
Here is a translation of the recipe and directions for my Taiwanese readers:
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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children. As your child's parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family. I always encourage contacting your child's pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies). Observe caution and safety at all times. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.