How to make Cloud Foam – because everyone loves clouds!

Toby getting into the foam! I can't wait to do this again and make a huge batch for outside in the garden!

Toby getting into the foam! I can’t wait to do this again and make a huge batch for outside in the garden!

I found this ‘recipe’ on a fab blog called Fun at Home with KidsΒ which is fast becoming one of my obsessions! I tried this out with Toby a long time ago (that is where these super cute flash back pictures come from!) and I’ve decided to try it out with Edith again soon, so in looking forward to that I’ve re-written how to do this!

I decided that me and toby would give this a go one day when Roo was at preschool and we had a little bit of time to ourselves, and it was just too much fun! We had such a blast… or rather he did and I had a blast watching him! The bubbles turn into a foam like substance when they are whipped and they are almost mouldable – they feel like clouds in your hands!

So here’s what you need to use to make your own clouds!

  • 2 tbsp of dish washing liquid like fairy liquid
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • a few drops of food colouring or liquid watercolours
  • a mixer

So add the water and the washing liquid to the mixer and set it on its highest setting to whip up a bowl of foamy fun. If you don’t have a mixer you can use a handheld mixer, but you may want to start off a bit slower and build up so the mixer doesn’t splash out at you.

Add a few drops of food colouring or liquid watercolours and whizz back up. That is it!! Now… play play play!

Playing together - I showed him what the foam was and then I didn't get a look in!

Playing together – I showed him what the foam was and then I didn’t get a look in!

His legs have still got a bit of a blue tinge, but it will eventually wash off. A word to the wise - no clothes if you are using food colouring, it will stain!

His legs have still got a bit of a blue tinge, but it will eventually wash off. A word to the wise – no clothes if you are using food colouring, it will stain!

You can literally do this with any colour and the faster and longer you mix it for the firmer it gets.

You can literally do this with any colour and the faster and longer you mix it for the firmer it gets.

A note for Mama: food colouring does stain, Toby and I still have a few little blue patches on us… it will eventually wash off and I don’t mind, but if you don’t want any staining or don’t want your child’s clothes stained then use liquid watercolours.

I’ve since thought more about this and it would be super easy to make cloud foamΒ with wiped cream or egg whites too – the only issue would be that you would be wasting food, which I’m not keen on!

Harriet x

49 Comments

  1. April 9, 2016 / 6:57 am

    This looks fab! And not messy at all… It’s made from soap! X

    • Harriet April 9, 2016 / 7:18 pm

      Haha it did polish the floor for me πŸ˜‰ H x

  2. April 9, 2016 / 6:53 am

    Wow that’s one huge mess. I’m not sure I have the confidence for that. Looks like fun though.

    • Harriet April 9, 2016 / 7:18 pm

      But it’s soap Jodie so I thought of it as washing the floor haha!? x

  3. April 8, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    This is so simple to make. I’m going to have to try this with my little boy. He love making a mess! πŸ™‚

    • Harriet April 8, 2016 / 7:49 pm

      Thank you! I hope that you both have fun πŸ™‚ H x

  4. April 8, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    Ohhhh this looks like fun! And so easy to make. Certainly looks like your little one enjoyed it (The floor, too! Haha) xx

    • Harriet April 8, 2016 / 7:36 pm

      Haha it washed the floor so well!

  5. April 7, 2016 / 11:18 am

    This does look great – Pickle would love it I am sure. I get a little stressy with mess, but it does look fun πŸ˜‰ Kaz x

  6. April 7, 2016 / 1:34 am

    I love the idea of this, I’m just scared of mess haha. My daughter would love though!

  7. April 5, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I think I’d skip the food colouring though as I’d get too stressed about being near my sofa haha πŸ˜‰

    • Harriet April 8, 2016 / 8:22 pm

      Haha skip it and breath πŸ˜‰

  8. April 5, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    How have I never done this? so simple but a great bit of messy play!

  9. April 5, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    This looks like so much fun and it even looks easy enough to clean up afterwards.

    • Harriet April 5, 2016 / 8:07 pm

      It was Emma – perfect messy play πŸ˜‰

  10. April 5, 2016 / 10:21 am

    This looks so much fun! Even better. I have all of the ingredients in my cupboards at home. I will definitely be giving this a go.

    • Harriet April 5, 2016 / 8:04 pm

      Yay – tweet me how it goes Tori @tobyandroo xx

  11. April 5, 2016 / 8:58 am

    Oooh I want to make clouds too, Am I too old to play along but then again you are never too old to be a kid again!

    • Harriet April 5, 2016 / 8:06 pm

      You are right – never too old!! H x

  12. April 5, 2016 / 7:20 am

    It looks like lots of fun! With the sunny weather coming up, this would be great for outside play x

    • Harriet April 5, 2016 / 8:08 pm

      Thanks Laura – yes let the rain wash it away!

  13. April 5, 2016 / 1:48 am

    This looks like lots of fun, messy but plenty of fun nonetheless! xxx

  14. April 5, 2016 / 12:45 am

    This looks like great fun. My daughter would love this. However, if in being totally honest I’d rather do this in someone else’s house cause of the mess lol. Perhaps I’ll save it for something we can do during summer in the garden x

    • Harriet April 5, 2016 / 8:09 pm

      Yes let the rain wash it away! H x

  15. April 4, 2016 / 11:39 pm

    Aww, what a fun little activity. It’s nice that this is so easy to make!

  16. April 4, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    This is why I wish I had wooden floors at home when I was young! Looks like a lot of fun πŸ™‚

  17. April 4, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    oh this looks fun. I remember making this really awesome gloopy stuff with cornflour once for sylvia and it was so fun! Messy play is great! Angela

  18. April 4, 2016 / 9:56 pm

    Haha this looks like so much fun H but I don’t envy up the cleaning up process afterwards! x

  19. April 4, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    This looks like great fun and yes everyone loves clouds. Bet my baby boy would love this too.

  20. April 4, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    Oh wow, it looks like he’s having a great time! We do a lot of messy play outside but you are brave and great for doing it indoors.

  21. April 4, 2016 / 7:05 pm

    this is such a great idea, i remember my daughter playing happily at messy play with something similar x

  22. April 4, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    This is a fab idea! Messy…but not too messy! My friend does “edible paint” (yoghurt and food colouring) which I keep meaning to try with my little guy sometime πŸ™‚ x

  23. April 4, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    What a cool idea! not sure we would do it on the floor though haha we would definitely see the blue on our floors but I like this messy play idea!

  24. April 4, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    This looks fantastic- what a great way to entertain the girls on a rainy afternoon

  25. April 4, 2016 / 3:27 pm

    Ok this sounds like so much fun – I would totally enjoy playing with it myself I think haha! x

  26. April 4, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    Great fun! I used to do lots of messy activities with my younger two, but I haven’t done anything for ages! Shaving foam with food colouring is a favourite here πŸ™‚

  27. April 4, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    Looks like he’s having fun playing in the cloud foam. I guess you have to be careful where you use this incase of mess x

  28. April 4, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    This looks great fun ! I May try it with Lily, Though she hates mess! she wouldn’t even play with water haha so she may not enjoy it. lol

  29. April 4, 2016 / 10:39 am

    Ah, this looks like so much fun! Max has always been a bit iffy about messy play, but he’s warmed up to it lately, so we might give this a go! I’ll have to dig out my mixer.

  30. April 4, 2016 / 10:02 am

    This looks like fun! I love how you allow your little one to get all dirty and fun in spite the mess. Best mum ever πŸ˜‰ x

  31. April 4, 2016 / 8:32 am

    We’ve made this one before and it’s great fun. Amelia likes anything that involves exploring and making a bit of a mess! It must be lovely to remember fun ideas you did with one and then do them again! X

  32. March 24, 2014 / 7:07 pm

    This looks like fun – I’ve seen similar recipes around before but didn’t think Little R was old enough to really benefit… But he probably is now!

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