Make your own super fluffy DIY bubble foam (our kids call it bath snow) and watch the bath time magic unfold! Make your kids’ DIY bubble foam extra colorful or keep it white as snow. Either way, kids will love this awesome and easy activity made using just two ingredients you definitely have at home!
Now that we’re home all of the time, our kids spend SO much more time in the bath tub. I think part of it is that we have a pretty small apartment here in Boston, and the bath tub is their domain where they can play, experiment, paint, eat popsicles (Seriously, have your kids eat a popsicle during bath time! They’ll think you’re the coolest parent ever!), “swim”, etc. Plus, my girls have always loved taking baths!
We’ve already shared one of their favorite bath time activities: Toy Wash! Basically, it’s as simple as it sounds: stick your kids in the bath tub, and let them scrub their toys clean. Give them water, tear-free bubble bath, a few sponges, a bottle brush, even a new toothbrush, and let them have fun. Set out little bowls of bubble bath and body wash and let them make “potions” to clean their toys. We also do “doll spa” and “car wash.”
Lately, to take our bath time fun up a notch, I have been making them Kids DIY Bath Foam and goodness, is it ever a huge hit in our house! Our kids are positively OBSESSED.
And the best part of this easy-to-make and fun kids activity: you probably already have everything you need to make bubble foam right in your home!
I first discovered bubble foam from the mecca of brilliant kids’ activities: Busy Toddler. Serious treasure trove of great activities for young kids.
You can start bath time with the bubble foam in an empty bath tub or in a large plastic bin. Or you can just fill up the tub and then top it with the bubble foam! No matter how your kids play with the bubble foam, they’re sure to love it!
Kids DIY Bubble Foam
Bubble foam could not be easier to make! All you need to make bubble foam is bubble bath and water.
The magic of DIY bubble foam is a 2:1 ratio – 2 parts bubble bath to 1 part water. For example, in your mixing bowl, you’ll add 2 tablespoons bubble bath* and 1/4 cup of water or 1/4 cup bubble bath and 1/2 cup water.
That’s right, bubble foam is just bubble bath and water, whipped together.
*Remember to use tear-free bubble bath I’ve seen bubble foam recipes call for dish soap, but trust me, that is not a winning combination with toddlers and kids!
Colorful Bubble Foam
To cake colorful bubble foam, you’ll add 2-3 drops of food coloring as well. Then you just mix on the highest possible setting for 1-2 minutes. Your bubble foam should be able to form stiff peaks that hold their shape.
I’m a big proponent of making bubble foam in a stand mixer (or using a handheld electric mixer) because it will give you those stiff foam peaks you’re looking for; a.k.a., extra foamy amazing bubble foam.
You can also skip the food coloring altogether if you’d prefer to keep bath time as clean as possible. (Though I promise you, the food coloring washes right out of the tub, no staining on tile or the kids!)
TO MAKE KIDS DIY BUBBLE FOAM
What You’ll Need
- To make DIY bubble foam use a 2:1 ratio – 2 parts bubble bath to 1 part water. For example, in your mixing bowl, add 2 tablespoons bubble bath and 1/4 cup of water or 1/4 cup bubble bath and 1/2 cup water.
- To make colorful bubble foam, add 2-3 drops of food coloring as well.
- Then mix on the highest possible setting for 1-2 minutes. Your bubble foam should be able to form stiff peaks that hold their shape.
Bubble Foam Accessories
To make bubble foam sensory play extra fun, give your kids scoopers, shovels, measuring cups, measuring spoons, makeup brushes, foam letters and numbers, foam bath animals, eye droppers, etc. to allow them to explore, manipulate, swirl and scoop their bubble foam.
Fluffy Bath Snow
We have done “white” DIY Bath Foam to make a snowy bath time – the girls are really into Frozen II right now – where I just skip the food coloring step so that they can have a bath full of thick “snow foam” to play in.
Changing it up to fluffy bath snow for a winter-themed bath is also a simple way to change it up for the kiddos.
Bubble foam is so simple to make and kids really love this twist on bath time!
Have you ever tried making bubble foam for your toddlers and kids?
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