One of our favorite ways to cool off in the summer is with water sensory play, and this Pink Lemonade Soap Foam has to be one of my daycare kids’ favorites!
DIY Pink Lemonade Soap Foam for Sensory Play
Have you ever made soap foam?
Basically, it’s stabilized soap bubbles that create a thick, bubbly foam that kids can play with for 20-30 minutes before the bubbles start to decrease.
And the best part of homemade soap foam? You probably have all of the ingredients needed to make it in your kitchen already: water, cornstarch and dish soap!
(You actually don’t really need the cornstarch but it does help the bubbles last a bit longer – if you have it on hand. We didn’t use it this time and you can see that the bubble foam still turned out great.)
My daycare kids can’t get enough! They can play with our “bubble bins” forever – we’ve spent entire mornings just refilling soap foam bins and letting them swirl, squish and feel the crackle of the little bubbles on their skin. (This is a great time to encourage kids to use descriptive words to describe the bubble foam.)
Since this is a “clean” sensory play activity, you don’t have to worry much about clean up and it’s great for kids who usually dislike messy sensory play. If playing inside, I just throw down a towel underneath the sensory bin but in the summer I love taking our soap foam outside and putting it in our water table – or even our paddling pool!
You can’t really tell from my pictures, but the pink lemonade soap foam has a light pink color and it had a wonderful lemonade scent. It was not sticky at all and did not stain our hands.
We’ve played with soap foam in so many different ways. You can dye the soap foam using washable paints or food dye and add in just about anything that is safe to get wet: toys, kitchen tools, foam letters, plastic building blocks, water toys, etc.
For this pink lemonade soap foam, adding plastic citrus juicers, cups, wooden spoons, small pitcher, straws, plastic citrus fruit, etc, would all be wonderful – but the kids will even enjoy playing with it without the add-ons.
More Ways to Play with Soap Foam
- Kitchen Soap Foam Bin from In the Kids’ Kitchen
- Watermelon Soap Foam from And Next Comes L
- Soap Foam Printing from Fireflies and Mudpies
- Jell-O Soap Foam from Fun-A-Day
- Ocean Soap Foam Sensory Bin from Views from a Stepstool
More Lemon Sensory Play Ideas:
- Pink Lemonade Play Dough Invitation
- “lll” is for Lemonade Jolly Phonics Activities
- Lemon Meringue Play Dough Invitation
Materials Needed to Make Soap Foam
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: you will also need a good-quality blender or electric mixer.
How to Make Pink Lemonade Soap Foam
Place the drink crystals, half the soap (and cornstarch, if using) and 1 cup of water in a blender and puree until the blender is full of foam.
Pour the foam out into your desired sensory bin (or water table) and then add another cup of water to the blender.
Repeat this process until the blender stops producing bubbles or you’ve filled up your sensory bin. To fill our water table I only had to add soap twice, but used 10 cups of water.
Mix the bubbles together and add any fun sensory toys. For a pink lemonade sensory bin, you can add citrus juicers, plastic citrus fruit, cups, straws, tiny pitchers, etc.
Since our water table has two sections, I added some plain “bubbled” water to the second side to provide a contrast between the soap foam and regular soap bubbles. (These were just made by adding some water to the blender to rinse it, but were not pureed.)
Finally, let the kids dig in!
We usually can get 20-30 minutes of play out of our soap foam before the bubbles begin to dissipate.
The best part about soap foam sensory play is the kids can get as “messy” as they want, and it’s all just soap and water! If anything, they will be more clean after playing with this sensory bin than they were before they started playing!
Dispose of the soap foam as you would normal soapy water.
Grab your free printable for how to make soap foam:
- 1 packet Pink Lemonade Drink Crystals, or more as desired
- 8-10 cups Water
- 1/4 cup Dish Soap
- 1/4 cup Cornstarch
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Large bin or water table
- Place the drink crystals, 2 Tablespoons of soap (and 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch, if using) and 1 cup of water in a blender and puree until the blender is full of foam.
- Pour the foam out into your desired sensory bin (or water table) and then add another cup of water to the blender.
- Repeat this process until the blender stops producing bubbles or you've filled up your sensory bin. I was able to use 5 cups of water for each 2 Tablespoons of soap, then added more soap and drink crystals and repeated the process.
- Mix the bubbles together and add any fun sensory toys. For a pink lemonade sensory bin, you can add citrus juicers, plastic citrus fruit, cups, straws, tiny pitchers, etc.
- Finally, let the kids dig in!
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This pink lemonade soap bin was a fun way to cool off in the backyard and let the kids get some much-needed sensory play without making a giant mess for me to clean up!