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September 18, 2013

Apple Scented Soap Foam - Fall Sensory Play

Apple scented fall sensory play with soap foam!

Apple scented soap foam in yummy scents and colors!  Kids of all ages will love this sensory activity.

Recipe for Play - Apple Soap Foam

Have you noticed we've been a bit obsessed with apple scented sensory play lately?  It's just so perfect this time of year!  A few of our apple scented favorites have been candy apple rice, fall sticky paintsfall playdoughfall finger paintsapple printing with erupting sidewalk chalk paintand apple pie dough.  I have a few more fun ideas using apples, but today I needed something fast and simple.  It was one of those days.  I decided to whip up a batch of soap foam!  To go along with our apple fun I made it in fun apple scents and colors, perfect for fall sensory play.

Beautiful apple scented soap foam for sensory play

How to Make Apple Scented Soap Foam

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How to make soap foam

Directions:  I added a tablespoon or two of Dawn followed by about a small amount of water.  I didn't measure.  Then I added the scents and color I wanted for each batch.  I made apple cinnamon green, candy apple red and golden delicious yellow.  For the green I just sprinkled some cinnamon into the mix.  The whole house smelled like apple pie while it was mixing.  Yum!  I added apple flavor to the red, but honestly it took quite a bit of flavor to overpower the smell of dish soap.  I think in the future I will stick to dry spices for soap foam.  The yellow wasn't scented, but I added gold glitter to make it really sparkle.  For each batch I secured the lid and turned the Vitamix to high and let it run for a couple of minutes.  The sound of the motor changes when the soap foam is ready.  *Please note*  The soap foam is warm or even hot when you first take it out of the Vitamix.  Take care to ensure that it is a safe temperature before allowing children to touch.

Apple scented soap foam - a simple to make sensory material that is fun for all ages!

Peanut (26 months) was the first to reach into the bin of soap foam.

Gorgeous sparkly soap foam for sensory play

The golden delicious yellow was my favorite, because of the sparkles.  

Soap foam sensory play for fall

JZ (6) was so cute when he asked me if it was okay to mix the foam.  (As if I would ever give them something and expect the colors to stay separate!)

Tank (26 months) made it a full body experience.  He felt the need to "clean" himself all over.  I failed to get a good photo, because right as he was in his prime Peanut decided he was through and needed his hands rinsed.

Tanks also really enjoyed lifting the bin and watching all the soap foam roll down to the other side.

Experimenting with soap foam

He did this several times.  He was truly fascinated with it.

Soap foam explorations

Then Peanut thought it would be a good idea to see what happened if they dumped the bin.

Some may see this as a mess, but it was a wonderful sensory activity for exploration and discovery.  Tank proceeded to cover the bottom of the bin with soap.

One of the best parts about using dish soap for sensory play is that it washes clean so easily!  After rinsing everyone's hands I added water to the bin.  This prompted more sensory exploration.  Once they were done exploring I rinsed the soap foam down the driveway with the hose.  It took about two minutes to clean.

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If you don't have a Vitamix you can still make soap foam for sensory play.  Here are three other options:  with a Kitchen Aid from Fun at Home with Kids, with a hand mixer from Simple Fun for Kids, and in a food processor from Hands On As We Grow.

More apple scented recipes for play:

How to add color and scent to water beads for seasonal and themed sensory play    Apple pie dough - recipe for play.  Sensory play and make believe with this simple dough recipe made from common household ingredients.


  1. Love this! It looks like SO. MUCH. FUN! Thank you for the idea! Will play with my kiddos soon!

  2. That is a great idea!
    It reminded me of the time when my younger sister asked if chocolate scented soap is edible. I lied to her and told her yes thinking she will not believe me. But she did :P

  3. This recipe is absolutely brilliant! I never would have thought to make a sensory foam by putting dish soap and water in a blender. Now, I can't wait to try it!! Thanks for the idea.

  4. I love these soap foam activities! I didn't have a hand mixer and had been wondering if a blender would work. Guess this post answers my question! Now we'll be able to try this! :)

  5. What a gorgeous activity! I want to swish my hands around in that bin!

  6. I love this sort of activity. I have a pre-k class and usually look at them and ask if they want to make a mess. They always do. This may be our next big "mess". Nothing is too messy for me anyway, but this DOES look like an easy one.

  7. Wow, I love this. I'm doing it today! Thank you for sharing.

  8. Tried this today and was disappointed.. not sure if the brand of soap matters? I used a Costco brand and the closet we got to foam was slime, lol.

    1. Oh no!!! I have only used Dawn, but I can't imagine that the brand would matter. I'm sorry it didn't work. I hate when I get excited about something I see only to have it flop. :/


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