I have brilliant mama friends; I’ll just start there. I’m sort of lackluster in the ‘cool toddler activities’ category. I recently had two days off from work, and was sort of scrambling to keep Charlotte entertained enough to ward away boredom meltdowns.
Enter in my girl, Caysie. I was lucky enough to connect with her on Instagram. It just so happens that she lives near me, and is basically an early educational guru. She does so many fun activities and offers some really great educational resources. Some people just have a knack for expanding small minds!
I had seen her post about a soap foam activity before, and decided it would be a perfect pairing with my non-toxic Thieves dish soap! It’s 100% plant based, so that if Charlotte did end up eating some (which did happen) there is the peace of mind that it’s completely safe from any chemicals.
I won’t go into lengthy details, A. because it’s ridiculously straight-forward, and B. if you’re anything like me you just want to get to the point, already. So, here’s what you need to do:
- Enroll in a Young Living Premium Starter Kit, and add some Thieves Dish Soap to your order. You can read more about these plant-based, 100% non-toxic products here. If you are rolling your eyes at me right now and have absolutely zero desire to come oil with me (your loss, bro…) then I suppose any alternative non-toxic soap will have to do.
- Pull out your hand-mixer or kitchen aid.
- Pick your bin of choice: We used the storage bins in the Ikea sensory table for this. Mixing bowls, casserole dishes, or cookie sheets would also do the trick. The options are limitless!
- Start with about 1/2 cup of soap and 4 tablespoons of water. Turn the mixer on medium, gradually raising the speed to get a good frothy foam. Add more water depending on how thick/thin you are wanting it. *Remember, the more soap, the more foam. A little goes a long way!
- Once you are happy with the consistency, add some food dye! Section off layers to separate colors, or use a toothpick to stir them into each other to combine some cool galaxy-like colors. The great thing about this activity is that there are so many variations of play involved.
The girls had a great time. We added measuring cups, whisks, and other fun tools for them to experiment with. Charlotte is slowly easing into textures; so this really helped get her out of her comfort zone; albeit at her own pace and on her own terms (toddlers, amirite?)
My biggest piece of advice? Don’t stress the mess, mama! It’s bound to get messy and sticky. Caysie laid down a Gathre mat; but that was it! As someone who struggles with anxiety and maintaining control; this is the hardest part about doing these activities. Remember that it’s an easy cleanup, and your kiddo’s are really benefiting from the experience. Charlotte was having so much fun, I honestly couldn’t help but be present in the moment with our gracious friends and hosts!
PS – If doing this inside makes you extra nervous, you can always opt for the outdoors!
If you have any questions, let me know below! Or if you end up giving it a try, I would love to hear what you thought.