How To Make Tear Free Bubble Foam For Kids

My kids love exploring with their hands so I set up a fun sensory activity for them, tear-free bubble foam.

Who doesn’t love a great sensory play activity?

How To Make Tear Free Bubble Foam For Kids

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This activity is so simple and fun that there really are no limits to how you can play. We mostly just felt the textures, played with mixing colors, and did a little splashing. You can also add toy figures and a toothbrush and pretend to clean them off.

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What You Need To Make Bubble Foam

This activity is fairly simple. Here’s what you’ll need:

How To Make Bubble Foam

  1. Mix 2/3 cups of water and 1/4 cup of corn starch
  2. Add 1/3 cup of soap and whip on high with any mixer for 2 minutes
  3. For color add few drops of food coloring
How To Make Tear Free Bubble Foam For Kids

Additional Notes

Mixing Tools

I did several batches of the foam with my stand mixer. Then I placed them into clear storage containers before taking them outside to let the kids make a mess. A hand mixer would have been ideal for preparing the foam directly into the bins and saving me some time from making multiple batches and distributing them into larger bins.

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Adding Color

If you’d like to add color, I recommend mixing with tools and not bare hands if you want to avoid staining on the skin. We used food coloring and my kids had a hint of blue on their hands and nails for a couple days but nothing on their clothes. I’ve read that watercolor is a stainless alternative.

We started with plain foam and then manually mixed in the colors for extra exploration and talked about mixing the colors. 

How To Make Tear Free Bubble Foam For Kids

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July 20, 2020 1:40 pm

This seems like a fantastic easy, simple activity to help cure summer boredom!!! Thank you!

Christa Stockton
Christa Stockton
July 20, 2020 2:36 pm

Oh this looks so fun! I’m running out of ideas with my 2 year old and will be adding this into the mix! She’ll love making it with different colors!

Monica Tatomir
July 21, 2020 2:10 pm

This looks like a super fun activity for toddlers. My little one is very sensory too and I really think this activity will keep him engaged for a while which is exactly what I was looking for!

July 21, 2020 5:32 pm

This is SO FUN! I love these bubbles so much. They will be perfect when we can go out side again.

Patricia Evans
Patricia Evans
March 30, 2021 7:45 pm

I’m just wondering how long it lasts? If I make it tonight can my kids still use it in like a day or two?