Dish Soap Bubble Foam Paint

This activity has sensory, creativity and fun all rolled into one!

One of our members, Jessi S., sent in a fun activity she did with her kids while in need of a break from distance learning. Here’s her story:

“I was doing dishes and my first grader was melting under the pressure of an assignment. I out of the blue said, ‘just come play in the bubbles for a bit.’ I scooped out bubbles from the top (made more with the spray nozzle from the faucet) and put them in a big metal bowl.

My nine-year-old suggested food coloring but I wanted something more washable so I put in a bit of tempera paint for them to whisk in. They loved mixing the colors, but the sensory of the foam was great in itself.

Her tears turned to laughter. It was just what we needed. My four-year-old started and they all engaged in pretending to work at a fancy bakery and mixing different delectable treats.”

What You Need:

  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Tempura paint

What You Do:

  • Create foam using dish soap and water. You can use a spray nozzle from the faucet like Jessi or mix 1/2 cup water with 4 tablespoons dish soap in a food processor or blender.
  • Drop in some tempera paint and mix together
  • Have fun experimenting with different color combinations

Additional Fun

  • Use the foam to paint on water color paper
  • Put the foam into squeeze bottles and paint your driveway or sidewalk

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