Colored Soap Foam Tutorial
Colored soap foam is fun for toddlers and parents. And it’s easy, so when your toddler has the attention span of a gnat, you won’t bad about the prep time. But this sensory play idea captured my kid’s attention. If he can stay interested, any kid can.
As I was preparing to be a stay-at-home-mom several months ago, I did what any well-prepared 21st century mom would do — I hit Pinterest!! With a vengeance. And I made a gigantic list of ALL of the projects we would do together, and ALL of the free/cheap activities available in Anchorage. And I bought a TON of art supplies so that we could do projects. I’ve done maybe 3 art projects, because we’ve been playing outside SO much! So today, when it was nice enough to play outside, but my energy levels lagged, I remembered a colored soap foam project I’d seen somewhere.
I ordered a TON of washable liquid watercolors, which hadn’t left their original packaging since April. Until today. This is TOTALLY toddler-approved. Down the road, it will be a fun project to learn about textures and color mixing, but right now, it’s a whole lot of splashy fun. With these colors (green, blue, turquoise, yellow), my main goal was to not have “muddy” foam at the end. Victory. And, although I was slightly concerned that I had inadvertently dyed us both blue (because Mommy needed a blue foam pedicure), I am pleased to say that as advertised, the liquid watercolor is truly washable. We immediately traipsed upstairs and hopped in the bath. A little Burts Baby Shampoo and blue bath water later, we were both squeaky clean and our original color. Mission: Accomplished.
What you need:
- a large plastic tote
- outdoor surface
- washable liquid watercolors
- a large mixer
- blue Dawn dish soap
- hot water
- towel nearby
- flip flops (for you)
- select the colors for your colored soap foam
- set your tub somewhere your toddler can’t “help”
- set up your stand mixer (a hand mixer would do in a pinch)
- add 1/4 cup hot water, 4 drops of Dawn, 4-6 drops of your color
- set your mixer to high and watch as peaks of foam begin to form.
- adjust water, Dawn, and watercolor levels as needed
- pour each batch of foam into the tote
- when complete, strip your little one down to the diaper, take child and foam outside, and start playing!
- make sure to have a towel and flip flops nearby so you can whisk your little one into the bath when done.