We’re taking bubble foam and rebranding it as “love potion” this Valentine’s Day season! This love potion bubble foam is absolute joy and so, so easy to set up.
Love potion bubble foam is a hit!
Every time I make bubble foam, I laugh to myself thinking about the very first time I made it. I had a vague memory of it, whipped up a batch on a whim, LOVED IT, and texted Susie (Busy Toddler) and raved about it.
As she responded with hearts and glitter and joy and shared that her kids loved it, I remembered that I learned about it from her. Ha!
She had posted it online, I mentally bookmarked it to try, and I absolutely fell in love with it on the very first try. This, of course, is no surprise because Susie gives us nothing but gold. I always joke with her I need a bracelet that says WWSD.
Related: Valentine’s Day is in the air, and our gigantic 10-foot Valentine’s Day coloring banner is a blast!
Even if you’ve made bubble foam before, love potion bubble foam hits differently
And with kids, we don’t have to reinvent the wheel!
Even if your kids have made bubble foam 11 billion times, when you call it “love potion,” it’s suddenly completely new and they act as if they’ve never seen anything like it before. (Why do kids do this? Because they’re the BEST.)
You probably have the supplies to make this right now, so let’s get into it.
Looking for more bubble foam ideas?
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- Halloween Bubble Foam Sensory Bin – Busy Toddler, again
- Bubble Trucks Sensory Activity – You’ll never guess…it’s from…Busy Toddler! 😂
It’s all about the rebrand, friends! There are endless ways to use this incredible sensory material.
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- Soap – I’ve used dish soap before, but tearless baby shampoo is the best because you don’t have to worry if it gets in their eyes
- Coloring – ex: liquid watercolors or food dye
- Shallow container
- Props – bowls, spoons, ladles, silicone cupcake liners, pom poms, etc.
Add the water, soap, and a splash of coloring into a blender. You could measure it out (it’s about two parts water to one part soap), but I just eyeball it. You can’t mess it up. If it’s too thin, just blend it again with more soap!
Once it’s thick and foamy, pour it into a shallow container.
We love adding props into the foam to extend the play. For example, bowls can scoop up foam, spoons can mix the colors, ladles can serve the potions, pom-poms can be sprinkles, and so forth.
What are kids learning in this activity?
When kids are creating and playing with love potions, they’re:
- Observing changes in states of matter
- Measuring materials
- Comparing before and after
- Mixing colors and inventing new ones
- Filling and emptying containers
- Listening to the sounds of the water, blender, and props
- Sharing materials
- Working cooperatively
- Engaged in pretend play
- Using language to describe what they’re doing
- Activating fine motor muscles and skills
What age is love potion bubble foam recommended for?
Any age that won’t try to eat the love potion. The ingredients are not edible, so make sure your child won’t try to sneak a taste.
As for the age limit? None exists! My sincerest wish is that kids in preschool and beyond could engage in this type of meaningful, hands-on learning as a regular part of their education.
We know preschoolers go crazy for this stuff, but so do third-graders, fifth-graders, and beyond!
We have done this with dish soap and tearless baby shampoo and both work great!
Susie makes hers with a hand mixer and loves it!
Not at all! If you don’t add color, it will whip up to a white foam and it’s still a blast.
Time to whip up some of your own love potion bubble foam!
It only takes minutes to prep, and because you likely have the supplies on hand, you could have one of these set up today.
The amount of fun from this project is the best thing in the world. Your kids are going to LOVE it.