Soap foam saves the day

In my house, almost all activities -- painting, drawing, building with legos -- lead to cars. But the soap foam was a nice twist.

Today was our first day of post-homeschool “summer break.” I had been looking forward to extra time and a more flexible schedule.

But around lunchtime, after a walk in the stifling heat, unhappy children in tow, I realized that all of our lives would improve with an indoor activity.

I went online and found this soap foam activity. We tried it and it was a roaring success. I hope your kids will like it, too.

The best part is that you probably already have the two ingredients at home: dish soap and water.

You put 2 Tablespoons and 1/4 cup of water in a large bowl and mix it on your mixer’s highest setting for two minutes. You could also add liquid watercolor but I didn’t. For three kids, I went ahead and made three batches.

The result is gloriously airy, soapy froth that kids just love.

My son couldn't resist sticking his hands in the soap foam. The car just had to wait.

My son couldn’t resist sticking his hands in the soap foam. He even ignored the car for awhile. And if you know my son, you know this is borderline miraculous.

My oldest son loved lathering up the soap foam on his arms.

My oldest son loved lathering up the soap foam on his arms.

My youngest loved pushing the soap foam around with his bulldozer. This activity held his attention the longest.

My youngest loved pushing the soap foam around with his bulldozer.

My boys -- ages 2, 4 and 6 -- were absorbed in contented play for about 45 minutes with soap foam.

All in all, my boys — ages 2, 4 and 6 — were absorbed in contented play for about 45 minutes.

Now if that doesn’t sell you on a great activity for young’uns, I don’t know what will.

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