This year summer has been a really rough transition for us. For the last couple weeks, I have heard nonstop about the evils of summers and how my daughter wants nothing to do with leaving second grade and growing up. Until today that is. Today on her first official day of summer break she finally decided she was ready to be done with second grade and move on to college…because that’s the next step right?
So, while she packed up her room and said goodbye to her Barbies preparing herself fully to move back to Texas for college, I threw together this simple Orange Scented Soap Foam sensory bin to remind her just how fun childhood could be.
…and it worked. In no time at all, she was out of meltdown mode and ready to fully enjoy summer as a kid. Personally, this is one of my favorite type of sensory bins to play with my kids. It is absolutely perfect for some outdoor summer fun.
How to Make Orange Scented Soap Foam
- A large shallow bin such as an under the bed storage container (buy here)
- Castile Soap (buy here)
- Tang (buy here)
- Whisk (buy here)
- Fill the bottom of your bin with about 1/2 gallon of water – about an inch deep.
- Add in 3-6 tbsp. of soap.
- Whisk up until foamy. If it is too watery add in more soap a tablespoon at a time. You can also use a foaming soap dispenser or an electric beater to create the foam if desired. My kids love being able to whisk up the soap on their own.
- Once nice and foamy add in the Tang. For an under the bed container size bin, we use about 2 cups. I add in 1/2 cup at a time, mix it up, and see if it needs more from there.
- Add toys and play!
A large bin such as the under the bed bin is a great way to let multiple kids play with this sensory bin at once. I personally love them because in addition to allowing the space for more than one kid to play, they also usually come with a lid – so if we have to leave play for any reason it is super easy to cover until we can return.
When it comes to playing with water sensory bins, I try to keep the play outside because it can get messy. If you can’t get outside with this, protecting your play area with a splash mat or a shower curtain is a great idea. Using a shower curtain for indoor sensory play is one of the easiest ways to contain mess from sensory play as it can easily be thrown in the washing machine to be cleaned.
The kids loved this and had an absolute blast experimenting and creating. Eventually, our soap foam sensory bin turned into a parfait kitchen 😉
It was so much fun to watch their imaginations at work over simple open-ended play.