Colorful Soap Foam Sensory Bin

 

Did you see my post about how to make colorful soap foam? It’s super easy, quick to set up, and looks and feels awesome.

Want to know what we did with it? Read on! We kept it really simple, and it held E’s attention for 20 minutes!

 Simple Fun for Kids: Colorful Soap Foam Sensory Bin

(E was 34 months old.)

 

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You’ll need:

  • Colorful soap foam.
  • Sensory bin. {We used a 32 quart underbed storage box to give a better view of the different colors but smaller sizes are fine, too.}
  • Paper towels. {Totally optional but E loves them and did something awesome with them during this activity.}

 

E started out a tad unsure but once she’d touched the soap foam, she was totally into it.

Simple Fun for Kids: Colorful Soap Foam Sensory Bin

We talked about the different colors

Simple Fun for Kids: Colorful Soap Foam Sensory Bin

before my little cleaning freak started wiping down the sensory bin ;)

Simple Fun for Kids: Colorful Soap Foam Sensory Bin

After a while, she asked for a paper towel to wipe her hands, then used it for more wiping.

Simple Fun for Kids: Colorful Soap Foam Sensory Bin

She discovered something awesome with the second paper towel: She placed it on top of the foam, and it immediately started absorbing the colors of the foam!

Simple Fun for Kids: Colorful Soap Foam Sensory Bin

She gently pushed it down in those places that took a bit longer to absorb the color

Simple Fun for Kids: Colorful Soap Foam Sensory Bin

and ended up with a perfect print of the color configuration of the soap foam! She was ecstatic!

Simple Fun for Kids: Colorful Soap Foam Sensory Bin

And as a plus, the paper towel was now thoroughly saturated with the soap foam, and it made for even more fun and impressive wiping.

Simple Fun for Kids: Colorful Soap Foam Sensory Bin

It was even enough to paint the concrete! She did that for a while and even moved the container to get all the cracked areas ;)

Simple Fun for Kids: Colorful Soap Foam Sensory Bin

E squished the soap foam between her fingers

Simple Fun for Kids: Colorful Soap Foam Sensory Bin

and although she wasn’t actively mixing the colors, they started to sort of run together about 10 minutes into the activity.

Simple Fun for Kids: Colorful Soap Foam Sensory Bin

The wind gave the activity an extra dimension: It pushed the foam around slightly, and you could hear tiny bubbles burst continually, making a fizzing sound.

After about 15 minutes, E started experimenting with tilting the box while never spilling a drop! She also used the new perspective to wipe down the outside of the box ;)

Simple Fun for Kids: Colorful Soap Foam Sensory Bin

After this, she asked for the lid, and I was surprised by how easily she was able to put it on and latch the box! She seemed to like it, too, and took the lid off and put it back on a few times.

Simple Fun for Kids: Colorful Soap Foam Sensory Bin

Then she decided to change locations and carried the box across the backyard

Simple Fun for Kids: Colorful Soap Foam Sensory Bin

put it down in a nice spot, wiped it down some more, and finally ended the activity by using the box as a leg rest while looking around the backyard for something else to play with.

Simple Fun for Kids: Colorful Soap Foam Sensory Bin

 

Additional suggestions:

  • You can leave the soap foam white if you prefer but even though E’s hands were a little orange after this activity, she only needed to wash them once and the liquid watercolors washed right off. Also keep in mind that we used quite a lot of color. If you go for pastel hues, it shouldn’t color hands or other items at all. In fact, even with the amount I used, the box came completely clean again after a simple rinse, even though I didn’t do it until the next day!
  • Add some tools to extend the activity. We didn’t have any more time that day, anyway, but I’m sure E could’ve played with the foam all afternoon if I’d offered a few tools.

 

 

What have you had in your sensory bins lately? Do you make your own sensory materials?

6 Responses to Colorful Soap Foam Sensory Bin

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  2. Pinkoddy says:

    My little boy would absolutely love to do this – thank you for sharing.

  3. Deirdre says:

    I found this post on Kids Activities Blog. I had to stop by and tell you how much I love it.

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