Soap and Water Sensory Play

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One of our favorite activities for toddlers and preschoolers is soap and water sensory play. It’s soothing, fun, and super easy to clean up. Plus, you don’t need a lot of space for this!

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I think I can now safely say summer is here to stay. While most of the rest of the country had been experiencing a heat wave, we continued to experience cool, damp days. No longer! We are now in the 80s and 90s and loving summertime.

soap and water sensory play
I knew we’d be spending a lot of time outdoors, so I looked for ways to add more sensory to our outdoor play. I decided to create a dishwashing station with soap and water.
sensory bin
I brought some of our kids kitchen utensils outside.
water sensory table
We were using shaving cream for an art project at the picnic table, so I decided to squirt some into the soapy water to add some thickness and texture.
water sensory play
The preschoolers went to work getting everything sudsy.
sensory play
soap and water sensory play
And then leaves from nearby plants were added.

water sensory play

soap and water sensory play
“We’re making soup!”

soap and water sensory play
The sink became a soup factory.
soap and water sensory play for toddlers and preschoolers
They played with this our entire outdoor time. When we were ready to go inside, we just hosed everything down. Simple as that!

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  1. Cute idea! It’s definitely been water play activities around here. The heat has been miserable!

  2. very interesting idea!!! most of children love water and my son also. He feels happy and enjoy this if i follow it….love ur all way to teaching…

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