Day 18 of our 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge is food colouring. I had an activity in mind that I heard about months ago. I met Harriet from Toby and Roo last June at BritMums Live. She told me about DIY Rain Clouds involving shaving foam and food colouring. Finally it was time to give it a go and make coloured rain clouds.
I found three glass containers and filled them with water. I squirted shaving foam on top, ensuring the water was covered. I then created yellow, red and blue coloured water using Wilton Food Colouring (affiliate link) and gave Adam a syringe (we used the ones that come with Calpol).
I demonstrated how Adam could collect the coloured water into the syringe and then empty its contents over the shaving foam. He loved watching the food colouring seep into the shaving foam and drop into the water.
It wasn’t long before Adam could manipulate the syringe himself. In the large vase he used the red coloured water (which turned out to be more pink) and then added blue. The colours stayed separate once they had gone through the shaving foam. However, when he added the yellow food colouring it mixed with the blue and created green. Adam has fascinated by the change in colours.
Each container provided a different element to the activity. The pint glass was the perfect size to help Adam develop his fine motor skills with the syringe as he had to carefully push it in order for the food colouring to go into the small amount of shaving foam. The vase was perfect for Adam to watch the food colouring drip through the shaving foam. The glass mixing bowl was perfect as Adam could create patterns with the food colouring.
Adam concentrated for ages until he ran out of food colouring. It was clear he wanted to continue for longer. As the containers were glass I didn’t want Adam to do the activity without close supervision. So I created him a mini version of the activity using plastic cups and only one food colouring. Adam happily carried on for another 30 minutes.
* Glass containers
* Wilton Food Colouring (affiliate link)
* Shaving foam
Other sensory activities using food colouring: