This is one of the least messy sensory activities I've done with my kids. It looks wet and chaotic, but it’s actually not. It kept these two entertained for more than an hour, and it’s soapy, but not wet.
What You’ll Need:
- Shower curtain or vinyl tablecloth to protect your surface (or do the activity outside, or on a beach towel on your kitchen floor)
- Dish soap
- Scoops or spoons
- Cups or molds
- Small building toys (we used Duplos)
Step 1 – Prepare the foam
Get a bowl or small bucket and squirt some dish soap into the bottom of it, then fill with water. Scoop the mountain of foam off of the water and put on your play surface. (Try not to scoop up any water with it so your play area doesn’t become very wet).
*Tips for Parents: Show your child how to do this step. It’s a good learning opportunity and your child may be surprised about how the liquid soap turns into bubbles.
Step 2 – Prepare the work surface
There’s no right way to do this, but we found it was less chaotic when we presented each child with a tray full of goodies to play with. We used plastic trays from the dollar store and loaded spoons, cups, and building blocks onto the trays.
*Tips for Parents: Ask your child to find some toys to bring to the table. They may be more creative than we parents are.
Step 3 – Play!
Step back and watch your kids play. Play WITH your kids. Our kids went from crashing cars into the mountain of suds to making chocolate and vanilla “ice cream” with the soapy foam.
*Tips for Parents: Encourage your kids to use different tools to play with the foam. Hold the foam in your hands and blow it to see what happens.
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