Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Summer Scented Soap Foam Sensory Play

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There are so many wonderful things about summer.  Warm weather (finally!).  Playing outside.  Two boys covered in dirt.  The abundance of fresh fruit or even enjoying ice cream treats.  So I tried to capture all of that in this simple scented soap foam sensory play.

Soap foam is delightfully fun to play with.  It's also ridiculously easy to make, especially since exact measurements don't matter too much.  We have played with uncolored soap foam and colored soap foam, but we had never tried scented soap foam before.  Inspired by the scents of summer, me and my sous-chefs whipped up some refreshing pink grapefruit soap foam and yummy creamsicle soap foam.

Creamsicle and pink grapefruit scented & colored soap foam sensory play from And Next Comes L

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I first whipped up a giant batch of soap foam using a hand mixer.  I just mix liquid soap with a splash of water until it's nice and foamy.  If you've never made soap foam before, I recommend reading this soap foam recipe from Fun at Home With Kids.

For the pink grapefruit soap foam, I added neon pink food coloring (enough until it was a dreamy pink color) and a few drops of Aura Cacia Grapefruit essential oil.  To make the creamsicle soap foam, I added red and yellow food coloring (mostly because I forgot that I had orange liquid watercolors!).  I then added a splash of pure vanilla extract and a few drops of Aura Cacia mandarin orange essential oil.  

And yes, they smelled good enough to eat!  Although, please do not eat it.

Creamsicle and pink grapefruit scented & colored soap foam sensory play from And Next Comes L

You are, however, welcome to bring it up to your nose and smell it.  J really loved to smell the soap foam, especially the creamsicle scent.

J smelling the summer scented & colored soap foam - sensory play for kids from And Next Comes L

Then the boys each chose a bin to play with and dug right on in.

Colored soap foam sensory play inspired by summer scents from And Next Comes L

Colored soap foam sensory play inspired by summer scents from And Next Comes L

And what does one do with soap?  Well, obviously, you clean stuff with it.  Like the siding on the sunroom...

Playing with scented colored soap foam from And Next Comes L

Or the Little Tikes climber.

Playing with scented colored soap foam from And Next Comes L

And of course, the car needed a wash after the long, long winter.  I absolutely adore this action shot of K swishing the soap foam around in the back of the car.

Playing with scented colored soap foam from And Next Comes L

What are you favorite summer scents?  Tell me in the comments and then be sure to check out these other soap foam activities:


Creamsicle & pink grapefruit scented soap foam sensory play from And Next Comes L
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4 comments:

  1. I love the photo of J taking a sniff!

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    1. Hahaha...yeah, he was really into smelling it!

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  2. Sounds like it would smell delicious! And it does look perfect for cleaning with!

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