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Cook Up Some Simple Toddler Fun with Bubble Soup

Toddler girl pouring dish soap into a purple bucket with bowls and a soup ladle on the ground.
Jill Chafin

Toddlers and preschoolers get excited over the simplest things. Here’s one project that is super easy and incredibly fun: making bubble soup.

Okay, so first you need to explain to your youngster that bubble soup isn’t for eating. Most kids get this, but if you have a toddler who still eats everything in sight, opt for an all-natural dish or hand soap.

Next, you need the following supplies:

  • Large container: Anything that can hold the “soup,” such as large bowls, buckets, flowerpots, and so on.
  • Whisk
  • Ladle
  • Serving bowls: These durable plastic bowls are an excellent choice.
  • Soap: Either dish soap, hand soap, or bubble bath will work.

Now, here’s the easy part—you squirt soap into the bowls, add water, and let your kids go at it. They can whisk the bubbles into life, then “serve” it into bowls.

My kids want to do the squirting part by themselves (they’re fiercely independent little gremlins). So, I fill empty dish soap bottles with water and a tiny bit of soap. This way I don’t have to worry about them wasting an entire bottle of dish soap.

Take this project to the next level by adding in a few drops of food coloring, making blue-bubble soup, purple-bubble soup, or even rainbow-bubble soup.

Lastly, this project also serves as a practical activity. Throw in dirty toys to add some extra “flavor” to the soup, thus cleaning them in the process. Notice a pair of dirty sandals? Toss those into the soup as well. Your kids will be cleaning up a storm, without realizing you’ve tricked them into doing a chore. Score!

The general concept of “bubble soup” was inspired by Montessori water play. A lot of Montessori philosophy is based on teaching simple and practical life skills. And playing with bubbles and cleaning stuff is essentially a life skill, right?

So, grab that bottle of dish soap, and whip up some foaming soup. Just don’t be tempted to eat it.

Jill A. Chafin Jill A. Chafin
Jill A. Chafin is a freelance writer, aerialist, dancer, food enthusiast, outdoor adventurer, and mama, based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Read Full Bio »
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