Soapy Sensory Foam Activity for Kids

Valentine's Day
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Whip up some foam using just dish soap and your food processor! Let your kids explore the sensory foam! Its a wonderful sensory activity for kids of all ages.

I knew when I saw this snow sensory activity from dish soap, from You Pinspire Me, when I collected the ideas for the Snow Collection that it was something the boys would love and we just had to do it.

Soapy sensory foam!

Soapy sensory foam activity for kids to explore

So easy, your child could, and can, do it all!

I put some dish soap in a measuring cup (just squirted a good amount) and added a tad bit of water.

Dumped that in my food processor, and let the kids foam it up!

Making sensory foam

And that’s it! Its Foam!

The longer you do it, the foamier and thicker it gets!

Make some soapy sensory foam

We made batch after batch of dish soap foam! Seriously, like 6 batches of it.

A few of them, we added food coloring too! Purples and pinks for Valentine’s Day, of course.

Sensory foam for kids to explore

I set down towels and trays and bowls. Expecting the kids to nicely play on the floor.

Instantly, it was moved to the dishwasher.

Playing with soapy sensory foam cleans too!

My dishwasher is nice and clean and shiny now. A major benefit to working with soap!

(I should have moved it to the shower or tub! It could use a good cleaning…)

Once they tired of the soap sensory foam on its own… We moved it to the sink and added a tad bit more water. Play continued…

Cleaning up after sensory foam fun

Oh what a fun morning it was, and such a great sensory experience for both the boys to do an activity together.

The food coloring does add a little coloring to the activity… to clothes, and hands… and whatever else it might get on. It did come out of all clothes thankfully.

Bonus: Your food processor gets a good cleaning too!

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  1. Sonya at The Three Bears Get Crafty says

    I love that they "washed" the dishwasher for you! I may have to try this some time when I need to get some cleaning done so I have a little helper instead of a little distracter. :)

  2. Stacey says

    Did this today with my 19-month-old son (his twin sister was napping) – it kept him entertained for an hour! All I had to do was refill the foam every 5-10 minutes, and give him toys to play with foam every once in a while. Thanks!!!

  3. says

    Do you think it would work with a blender? I don’t have a food processor….but I love this idea! Just started reading through your “50 things to do w/toddler” ideas, and am excited about implementing them with my daughter. I feel like I lack creativity, but want to find fun and economical things for her to explore- so your list is the perfect thing to jump-start me!

    • Jamie says

      Brianna – I’m not sure, I don’t have a blender!! ha ha! I guess it wouldn’t hurt to try it though. I don’t know why it wouldn’t work. Or you could do it with a hand mixer maybe? Or a stand mixer with the wisk attachment if you have one of those? Not sure. I’d love to hear how it turns out for you however you decide to do it.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the 50 Toddler Activities! Toddlers are hard to entertain sometimes! I’m learning the the simpler the better for them. Keep it as uncomplicated as possible. Enjoy!

  4. Britt says

    It works great with a hand mixer and a big bowl. I’ve made batches big enough for a whole classroom of kids. For less staining, add a few drops of water based tempera paint instead of food coloring. It makes bright colors, but washes out of everything!

    • says

      Thanks, Britt! Still need to try this, we got busy with finger paint, rubber stamping and some other things so haven’t gotten to it. Perhaps this week. Maybe I’ll try a blender first so I can let Jamie know if it works- and it’s nice to know it’ll work with a mixer if that fails. :-)

  5. Becky Anne says

    Loved this activity, HOWEVER, I would suggest using tears free baby shampoo. The 20 month old I watch had fun playing for about an hour and then rubbed his eyes with soapy hands… It was all downhill from there.

    Also, yes, you can use a blender.

  6. Danielle says

    This is one brilliant idea, I run a childcare setting so will definitely try this and instead off dish washing liquid I’m going to use baby shampoo to prevent eye sting

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