Toddler Play with Foamy Blocks

 

Need a quick and simple sensory activity for your toddler? Don’t want a big mess and something that’s easy to clean up? Simple materials are a plus?

Have you ever tried soap foam? It’s a wonderful sensory material that’s cheap, quickly made and just really fun to play with!

Maybe you remember E’s Colorful Soap Foam Sensory Bin or N’s Baby Play with Soap Foam. E was 2, N was only 7 months old for their respective activities and they both had so much fun with it!

For our most recent activity using it, I added a few of our blocks to a bin with a little bit of soap foam. It took 5 minutes to set up and N had great fun with Toddler Play with Foamy Blocks.

 

Simple Sensory Activities: Toddler Play with Foamy Blocks - quick to set up and lots of fun!

(N was 1 year and 1 month old.)

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Materials for Toddler Play with Foamy Blocks

 

I simply put a few squirts of baby soap and a little bit of water into the smaller storage bin I like for baby and young toddler activities. With a hand mixer, I quickly made enough suds to cover the bottom of the storage bin with just about half an inch of foam. Baby soap doesn’t foam up nearly as much as dish soap, but it doesn’t take much for sensory toddler fun!

I picked five blocks in different colors to put into the sensory bin and as usual when I set up an activity for him {or E for that matter 😉 }, N came right over.

He dipped his hand into the foam first.

 

Simple Sensory Activities: Toddler Play with Foamy Blocks - quick to set up and lots of fun!

 

At first, he wasn’t sure what he thought, but got the hang of exploring it pretty quickly.

 

Simple Sensory Activities: Toddler Play with Foamy Blocks - quick to set up and lots of fun!

 

When he did the baby activity 6 months ago, he never tasted the soap foam, but he did now. I didn’t have a problem with a little taste and he didn’t try again after this. I don’t think it tasted good.

 

Simple Sensory Activities: Toddler Play with Foamy Blocks - quick to set up and lots of fun!

 

He felt the foam on his arms

 

Simple Sensory Activities: Toddler Play with Foamy Blocks - quick to set up and lots of fun!

 

before he turned his attention to the blocks.

 

Simple Sensory Activities: Toddler Play with Foamy Blocks - quick to set up and lots of fun!

 

After he’d played with the blocks for while

 

Simple Sensory Activities: Toddler Play with Foamy Blocks - quick to set up and lots of fun!

 

and started losing interest, I stacked the blocks up for him. He LOVED it!

 

Simple Sensory Activities: Toddler Play with Foamy Blocks - quick to set up and lots of fun!

 

The first thing he did was knock over the blocks, of course.

 

Simple Sensory Activities: Toddler Play with Foamy Blocks - quick to set up and lots of fun!

 

This new perspective on the blocks inspired him to more exploration.

He tried to put two blocks together

 

Simple Sensory Activities: Toddler Play with Foamy Blocks - quick to set up and lots of fun!

 

and literally played with hands and feet.

 

Simple Sensory Activities: Toddler Play with Foamy Blocks - quick to set up and lots of fun!

 

He even tried to stack two blocks – and succeeded! I was surprised, since he hadn’t tried this before – and E was never really all that interested in building towers at all.

 

Simple Sensory Activities: Toddler Play with Foamy Blocks - quick to set up and lots of fun!

 

Have you tried sensory activities with soap foam? What’s your favorite quick and simple sensory activity? Leave a comment below!

 

If you’re looking for other simple sensory bins for toddlers, try these:

Simple Football Sensory Bin

Garden Sensory Bin

Yellow Sensory Bin

Spider Sensory Bin

 

 

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