Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Toddler Activity: Dish Soap Foam

Last week, I was looking at a plan-free morning and needed an easy activity for Callum. So, I did what any other mom would do, and turned to Pinterest for some ideas. I came across this quick and easy recipe for a foam made from just three things: dish soap, water, and cornstarch.

First off, I should note, if your toddler is still putting everything in their mouth: This is NOT a good activity for you to try. This is definitely not something you want your kid eating a ton of. Although this will work with any old dish soap, I would also try to use a natural dish soap, such as Better Life Dish It Out or Planet Ultra, just to be on the safe side.

Alright, on to the foam. It could honestly not get any easier to make. In your stand mixer (or using a hand mixer), add 1 cup soap, 1 cup water, and a teaspoon of cornstarch. Then, all you have to do is turn your mixer on and let it whip the mixture away until the mix resembles a foam. Callum is all about helping in the kitchen and watching the mixer. So, since this is such a simple "recipe," it's such a good one for him to help out with.

Once the mixture was all foamy, I just took the bowl outside and let Callum go crazy. He loved it! He started just squishing it between his fingers. But, before I knew it, he was rubbing it all over his arms and legs. He also liked scooping out piles of it to create little mounds of it on the ground. He was enjoying the foam so much, we ended up mixing up a second bowl of it.

I had to join in on the fun, too. I must say, the foam really did feel amazing. Once all of it was spilled on the ground, we were walking around in it, too. It was a total spa treatment for my feet. ;)

For clean up, I would recommend getting your toddler into the bath tub when you're done. You don't need dish soap residue all over everything. Obviously kitchen clean up is super easy since you just need to rinse out the mixet. Soooooo much easier than cleaning paint off of everything or picking up hundreds of dry noodles.

Overall, I would call this toddler activity a huge success. We had everything we needed for it already around the house, it kept Callum entertained for quite some time, and clean up was a cinch. I'll for sure be filing this one away for another day when we're looking for something to do.

Tell me: What's your favorite activity for keeping your toddler entertained?

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