Create a wonderfully different sensory experience using old fashioned soap flakes and powder paints!
- 1 box of soap flakes
- 4-5 jugs of warm water
- powder paint, water based paint or liquid food colouring in various colours
- a variety of whisks
- a large, shallow tub
The girls tipped the large, waxy soap flakes into a large under-bed storage box (our favourite type for large sensory play.) The they poured in 4-5 jugs of warm water, which we discovered needed to be at least as hot as kiddie bath water in order to dissolve the flakes properly.
Then the fun began! Using 3 different types of whisk, including an old-fashioned rotary whisk, they were instructed to “make some bubbles appear!” And they put their hearts into it for sure!
It took a while to get all the flakes fully melted into the water, but when they had dissolved the bubbles were formed and it turned into the most wonderful gooey, squidgy, smooth and marvellous substance!
Quite possibly this feels better than anything we have ever played with before, and we have explored a LOT of sensory materials! This really needs to be experienced to be properly appreciated!
The rotary whisk in particular offered a fantastic opportunity for both gross and fine motor skill development, as well as needing co-ordination, hand strength and thinking skills. And all masked as fantastic good fun!
“Look at how it drips off my hands! Take a photo of it Mummy!” It was wonderfully gloopy.
Then, to add some more fun and learning we added some bright powder paints to the soapy base.
Glorious, coloured, soapy goodness!
Cleaning up was relatively easy and it smelt lovely and fresh outside. This is definitely an activity we shall be returning to again, next time with feet!
- sensory: exploring and investigating new materials and tactile experiences using all the senses, describing how things feel and smell and look based on first hand experience
- knowledge and understanding: observe and predict how substances will change from dry to wet, predict colours that will be created when 2 or 3 are mixed together, use appropriate descriptive vocabulary such as squidgy, slimy, gloopy etc
- physical development: gross motor skills: using the different actions of the whisks and circling the arms through the soap, fine motor skills: holding the implements in a tight baby grip, small circular movements of the wrist, squeezing with fingers and fists