PLAY IDEA: Soapy Sand

A couple of weeks ago at PLAY, we introduced our toddlers to Soapy Sand. A simple 'messy' play activity that allows your child to be creative, learn about sand and water, strengthen their muscles, and work together with others. 

What you need:
Dishwashing Liquid
Shallow tray

What to do:
Put some sand into a shallow tray, squirt some dishwashing liquid all over and then add a little bit of water at a time, mixing it together until the sand becomes light and frothy. Yes, it's that simple!

The children can explore the soapy sand by feeling, squishing, massaging, patting, pounding, shaping, moulding and digging.

You might like to add in different equipment e.g. digging equipment such as shovels, spades, scoops and sticks, a range of containers of different shapes and sizes, natural resources such as stones, shells and wood, sieves and tubing of different lengths and types, and a range of vehicles that are not too small.

Talk to your child/children about what they are doing, so they can learn new words. Offer new ideas, and join in with them, exploring the soapy sand together. 

This activity was a hit with our toddlers, and I thoroughly enjoyed it too! Give it a go with your little one!

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  1. That's a sensory idea I haven't seen before! Fun idea!

  2. I never thought to add dishwashing liquid. What a fun activity, though I might wait for summer as they appear to get quite wet as well as messy.

  3. Oh, That looks Messy and so much fun! Adding the you can certainly see how the kids can be totally creative and learn doing this... Thanks for sharing. Rachel X #blogfair

  4. I love sensory ideas for toddlers / babies and am always on the look out for new fun ones. Thanks for sharing xx

  5. This looks like a fun sensory play activity! Thanks for sharing at #ToddlerFunFriday :)

  6. Looks like you are having fun. Have you tried adding food colouring with the soap - I saw that once, haven't tried it though!

  7. I have actually read a lot of your blog posts in the last hour. I really enjoy what you are doing here. (And as a writer of fantasy novels, I'm enjoying looking at different aspects of that when you go through them in blog post). And truly, I love world-culture building. Thank's for sharing.

  8. It looks very fun. Thanks for sharing this. We will try to do it next week.

  9. I think my son will absolutely love this - too bad we don't have an outdoor space for all this mess!


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