Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Calming Lavender Soap Foam Sensory Play

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Looking for calming sensory activities for kids? Then you need to try this calming lavender soap foam sensory play activity.

While lavender isn't my favorite scent, it is known for its calming benefits. It's a scent that can help kids (and adults!) wind down at the end of the day.

For this sensory activity, I paired lavender with one of our favorite sensory bin materials: soap foam. 

Now, if you've never played with soap foam before, you're missing out. I personally find the texture of soap foam to be calming and soothing. It's bubbly and silky feeling. And it's a great sensory material for kids who actively avoid gritty and rough textures such as sand.

So grab some liquid soap and get ready to try this calming lavender soap foam sensory play activity. It's great for kids of all ages and ridiculously easy to make.

Simple calming lavender sensory bin for toddlers and preschoolers

Lavender Soap Foam Sensory Bin: What You'll Need

To make lavender scented soap foam, you'll need:

  • Liquid soap

How to Make Lavender Soap Foam for Sensory Play

Soap foam is really easy to make. Simply put a generous amount of soap (I use castile soap) in a large container (or you could use a stand mixer if you've got one).

Next, add a splash or two of water.

Then start mixing the soap and water using an electric hand-mixer until you get a thick, frothy foam.

Add 4-5 drops of lavender essential oil and some purple liquid watercolors (how much you will use depends on the size of the container and how purple you want the soap foam to be).

And that's it! You'll end up with this lovely foamy concoction.

Lavender scented soap foam sensory play recipe

This Lavender Soap Foam is a Wonderful Calming Sensory Activity for Kids!

Now you could add some scoops and spoons to this sensory bin, but honestly, both of my boys really enjoy just playing with the texture of the soap foam, swishing the bubbly mixture back and forth between their hands. 

Soap foam on its own is extremely calming and relaxing to play with, but the added olfactory component is a nice touch! 

Calming sensory activity with lavender scented soap foam

Calming sensory activity with lavender scented soap foam

Soap foam sensory play that's lavender scented

Just look at all those wonderful bubbles!

Playing in a soap foam sensory bin

Playing in a soap foam sensory bin

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