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Chocolate Sensory Soap Foam

Chocolate Sensory Soap Foam

We love getting messy, and “special occasions” always give us the perfect excuse to theme our crafts or sensory play ideas. Valentines Day is one of our favourites, last year we did a different sensory tray with “dry ingredients” which I actually pulled out the other day to replay with, you can read more about that here.

So this year I wanted to do something different and we havent made any soap foam in a very long time. I originally saw the idea on another blog, “And next comes L”,and adapted in and chucked in some ingredients from last years tray including heart-shaped tins and plastic shapes to add in a little variation. I also added in a bit of glitter, because well, its Valentines Day, and what says Valentines Day more than chocolate and flowers?

This deliciously chocolate soap foam is as soft and velvety as it looks and sounds. It smells so amazing, I even added in a pinch of vanilla essence and had to remind the boys they could not eat it!

Heres all you need to make this sensory wonderland:

Dishwashing liquid

Coco (I had just ran out so I used hot chocolate mixed with a little coffee to deepen the colour).

To make chocolate soap foam, use an electric mixer to mix a generous amount of dishwashing liquid (or liquid hand soap) with a splash of water and a teaspoon of cocoa powder. Try to use as small amount of water as you can as you really want the bubbles and soap to take over and not the water, so you really just need a dash. Beat it up for as long as possible to get a nice “stiff” bubble.

As with any soap foam recipe it does get pretty messy, but as its soap its super easy to clean up (or hose down). Older kids will love mixing it and making potions, lotions and soups; younger kids love to explore the texture on their hands and squish away. Dont be afraid to play with different mediums as well, I gave the boys spray bottles filled with a little food colouring, to spray onto the bubbles.

Have fun exploring and experimenting with your kids !!

Valentine Themed Sensory Bin

Valentine Themed Sensory Bin

There are so many wonderful ways to fill and to play with sensory trays and I love any excuse to find a theme to create one. If you follow my instagram and facebook pages you will see a lot more of my other ideas for sensory bins, we do slime, animal environments, snow, rainbow rice, anything I can really!

Sensory play has a lot to do with the nervous system and your child will react to how it feels, good or bad! They can be both calming and stimulating for a child as well as engaging and educational. Each item used in this valentine themed sensory bin is reusable and bought from our local china mall for under R100.

Items used include artificial rose petals, pink rainbow rice (homemade), pink polystyrene balls, plastic hearts, cardboard hearts, a variety of heart-shaped tins and containers for them to scoop and play.

I used a variety of different textures and shapes here and I knew I wanted to do a “dry” sensory bin this time. As I was creating it I knew that my boys would probably be too “old” for just a touch and explore one and realised that it was the perfect treasure hunt bin!

The challenge was on.

The boys had to dig in the bin, through all the petals and rice to find all 14 of the little plastic hearts, next came the foil ones and so on. My little Yusuf loved the feeling of the Polystyrene balls and watching how the static made them jump (Tip: have a hoover close by, second tip: the rice seemed to diffuse the static slightly so I would definitely do both).

Once we had finished the treasure hunt we moved onto a game of eye spy before Aadam decided he wanted to do arts and crafts with all of the hearts.

So a simple activity that took less than 15 minutes to set up created an afternoon of play!

What else would you add to your bin?

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