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Rainbow Foam Recipe


Rainbow Foam Recipe - Sensory Play

One thing we love playing with during sensory play is - Rainbow Foam. Very easy and simple to make and the children love it!

I am sharing on our stories on Instagram lots of simply play ideas so make sure you're following us over there too. This week this post went CRAZY over there with lots of people saying they were going to try it out too.


Rainbow Foam Recipe - Sensory Play


We have been having some fabulously warm weather at the moment. We have been living in the garden! I have been setting up a few activities in the Tuff Tray using the Rainbow Foam and today I'm here to share with you the fun we've been having for some inspiration and the recipe on how you can make your very own coloured foam to play with too!


Rainbow Foam Recipe - Sensory Play


One of my most asked questions is What is a Tuff Tray? A Tuff Tray is a builders tray that is used widely in educational settings. Sadly they aren't available everywhere but I wrote all you need to know about Tuff Trays herethe guide includes 44 set ups to inspire you that I love.


Rainbow Foam Recipe - Sensory Play


This was an activity we did this week using two colours of foam and large water beads. I shared it over on Instagram and I was inundated with messaged from people who couldn't believe they hadn't heard about large water beads before! They are really great. This is the second time we have had them here. The first set were even larger than our recent set.

I added some pots and pans which added to the play set up. They loved it! So the following day I wanted to do even more play foam and offer a rainbow of colours for them.


Rainbow Foam Recipe - Sensory Play


I set it up whilst they were busy playing in the pool. The pool was a great distraction actually which gave me the time I needed to set up. Usually I have all 3 of them watching my every move, itching to get stuck in. 

The set up took 15 minutes to put together. Using a variety of colours, I poured the foam onto the tray and added some items for filling and emptying. Items included spoons, whisks,bowls, tea pots, cups and jugs.


Rainbow Foam Recipe - Sensory Play


This is a great activity for colour mixing. When the two foams were were mixed together they created secondary colours. It smelt absolutely divine!

Lets see this activity in action:





But how do you make it?

You will need a blender or a whisk to make your foam. If you have a blender add washing up liquid to the blender along with a dab of colour. I use Wilton Food Colouring and highly recommend it. It's brilliant and lasts so long as you only need the smallest amount! Add a splash of water and mix on high for around a minute. The amounts needed are trial and error. You will only need a small amount of water as you want it to be as foamy as possible. If you add too much water it can make it too wet.

That's all you need to do to create your foam. Add it to a tray and you're good to go.

If you're doing this activity indoors make sure you have something down to protect surfaces. We did this outside which was perfect. Any spillages went onto the floor and we didn't need to worry about any colour splashes staining anywhere.




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