Sea Foam Sensory Activity

For the month of June, the theme at Parkland Players is Under the Sea! Children are spending time learning about sea creatures and the ocean environment. Here is a fun at-home activity that goes with our theme and is good for sensory play.


  • 1/3 cup water (I’ve read that distilled water yields the best bubbles, but our tap water did just fine)
  • 1/3 cup Dawn dish soap (you can use whatever you have on hand)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch (cornflour in the UK)
  • A few squirts liquid watercolors in your desired color/colors (we used turquoise and green). I’ve also seen food coloring and Koolaid used to color soap foam, but beware of staining with both of those types of coloring. The liquid watercolors washed right out of our clothes and skin with no problems.


To create the foam simply combine the above ingredients with a mixer, hand mixer, or blender.

Mix equeal parts water and dish soap and then add a small amount of cornstarch as a stabilizer, then watercolours to make it blue!

Throw some aquatic animal toys, seashells, ocean treasure and whatever else you can think of to the sea foam.

Let the kids search through the foam for the items in the foam and have fun!




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