Easy Bubble Foam: A Great Way to Change Up Water Table Fun

Bubble foam to give new life to your water table
Bubble foam will five new life to your water table for an afternoon

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A mixer, soap and water is all you need!

What you need:

  • Things you probably have at home
    • A hand mixer – (I don’t have a regular hand mixer so I used my immersion blender)
    • Water table – or do this in a bucket, a even a hard plastic wading pool
    • Food coloring – this is optional
  • Things to buyschedule a reminder 1 week before you want to do this activity

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Ideal Age Range:

3 and under is ideal for this activity (my 6 year old liked helping make it!). You can add in extra items to make it more interesting for older children.

Mess Factor:

Medium. You will get bubbles around the area where you play. You will also have to hose off the water table to get the soap out afterwards (try to do it away from grass/ plants that you like).

Prep Time:

Less than 10 minutes


How to Prep:

1 week before you want to do this, set yourself a calendar or task reminder to purchase any supplies you don’t have from the list above.

Step 4 – bubbles after initial foaming

Step 5 – adding food coloring

  1. Remove toys and rinse out your water table (if you are like me, yours is always dirty…)
  2. Pour about 1 cup of bubble bath into the water table. This is not an exact science, you can adjust soap to water ratio later.
  3. Pour in enough water to cover the surface of the water table.
    • I used a watering can for this, but you can use a pitcher or place the table near the hose (just use a light setting so you don’t spray the soap out of the table).
  4. Use your hand mixer to foam up the bubbles.
    • As the mixer does its work you will be able to tell if you need to add more soap or more water to get your desired consistency. (Our bubbles were sort of thin, but honestly it didn’t matter, my 1 year old still had tons of fun.)
  5. (Optional) Add your desired amount of food coloring and mix.
    • We made the bubbles purple using 3 drops of red and 3 drops of blue food coloring. It was not that bright, but I didn’t want to go crazy and get food coloring all over my son’s clothing that day. (Warning: don’t over do it if you care about potentially dying the plastic in your water table.)
  6. Replace water table toys in the foam (and hide any additional fun items) and get playing!
Mixing the food coloring into the foam

A note about the bubble bath – It is really essential to get a tear-free soap or bubble bath. Within 3 seconds my son had rubbed bubbles all over his eye (without a problem luckily).

Clean Up:

The bubbles will start to die down in about an hour. By the next morning all of the bubbles were gone and I could easily hose off the soap residue. (As mentioned above, the soap might mess with plants or grass a little bit so be careful where you hose this out.)


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