Two-ingredient edible foam as a taste-safe sensory play idea filler to substitute shaving foam, Aquafaba frog pond is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers to explore Amphibians hands-on | Video Tutorial Included.
Who knew a can of chickpeas could hold the key to endless sensory fun? Fill up your sensory bin with aquafaba and let your little ones explore the heavenly foamy texture! Did you know that when you drain chickpea water from a can, you get Aquafaba? It whips up into the most fantastic foam! Besides, it makes a perfect baby-friendly sensory play experience and a fantastic taste-safe alternative to bubble soap foam. So, grab some chickpeas, and let’s whip Aquafaba to make a taste-safe sensory foam frog-pond.
Aquafaba in Sensory Play
Foam Aquafaba can be a fun and safe sensory play activity for kids because it has a unique texture and consistency that is both interesting and entertaining for little ones to play with.
‘Aquafaba’ ~ the liquid from cooked chickpeas.
Here are some ways that you can use aquafaba for sensory play with kids:
Whipping: Whip Aquafaba into a foam-like texture, similar to whipped cream or meringue. Kids can use hand mixers or whisk the aquafaba by hand to create a fluffy and light texture. They can add food coloring or edible glitter to create different colors and textures, making it a visually appealing activity.
Painting: Use Aquafaba as paint for children to create fun artwork. Using food coloring or natural dye, kids can mix and match different shades and hues to paint on paper or other surfaces.
Sensory bin: Use Aquafaba as a base for a sensory bin, along with other sensory materials such as figurines, beads, buttons, or marbles. Children can explore the different textures and sensations of the materials, providing a sensory-rich experience.
Sensory bags:Add Aquafaba a sealable plastic ziplock bag along with small toys or objects for kids to play with. The aquafaba creates a squishy texture that provides a unique tactile experience.
Taste-Safe Does Not Mean Edible
It’s important to note that while it is safe to consume aquafaba, we need to discourage children from eating it during the sensory play as it may contain contaminants from other materials used during the activity. Additionally, please supervise your child at all times to ensure the safety of children during sensory play activities.
Taste-Safe Sensory Aquafaba Frog-Pond
Here is a list of ingredients that you will need to make this taste-safe aquafaba frog pond foam:
- drained liquid from two cans of chickpeas
- a teaspoon of cream of tartar
- *a drop of food coloring
- a stand mixer, a hand mixer or a blender (the stand mixer will make the best foam!)
*To make 🟢 green foam, add 1 drop of blue and 1 drop of yellow color.
Foam Recipe Ratio
The ratio of cream of tartar to drained liquid is 1/2 teaspoon per 1 can.
The cream of tartar helps the aquafaba whip up much easier and faster. It makes the peaks firmer and keeps them foamy for longer, but it is not essential. See below for the substitutes.
Taste-Safe Sensory Aquafaba Frog-Pond Instructions
How to Make Taste-Safe Aquafaba Foam for Kids
First, drain the chickpeas from two cans and reserve the liquid – you have aquafaba! Place aquafaba in a large mixing bowl to whip!
Next, add a teaspoon of cream of tartar and add a drop of food coloring (the color of your choice).
Mixing: You can whip aquafaba in a blender, but for best results, use a hand or stand mixer! Avoid whisking it by hand since it takes quite a long time and does not produce as good of a results.
Whipping aquafaba generally takes 2-5 minutes to get to semi-firm stiff peaks, depending on your equipment.
Taste-Safe Sensory Aquafaba Frog-Pond Video Tutorial
Aquafaba Foam Frogs Pond Sensory Play
Although with a blender, you won’t get the same results as using a standing mixer since a blender cannot incorporate enough air into the aquafaba to create the true whipped cream, it served us a purpose.
Sensory Bin Play Tray Set Up
To set up the Frogs Pond sensory Bin, you’ll need:
- a larger waterproof tray to contain the filler (aquafaba)
- frog figures
- Lily pads (optional)
Aquafaba Foam Without Cream of Tartar
If you do not have the cream of tartar, you can still make Aqufaba by substituting it with vinegar or lemon juice.
Taste-Safe Sensory Aquafaba Frog-Pond Storage
After the play, you can keep Aquafaba in the refrigerator until you’re ready to play again. Make sure to whip it again, as it turns back to liquid after a while (about 10 minutes of play.)
Have you tried Aquafapba? Leave a comment if you did.
Taste-Safe Sensory Aquafaba Frog-Pond
Is aquafaba taste safe?
Aquafaba is a liquid you obtain from cooked chickpeas or other legumes. Many commonly use it as a vegan egg substitute in recipes like meringues, mousses, and cakes. Aquafaba does not have a strong taste, but it may have a slightly bean-like or earthy flavor that can be noticeable in some recipes.
In terms of safety, it is generally safe to consume aquafaba for most people as long as you adequately prepare / cook it. However, some individuals with specific allergies or sensitivities may need to avoid aquafaba or legumes altogether.
Consuming Raw Legumes
It is important to note that consuming raw or undercooked legumes, including chickpeas, can be dangerous, as they may contain toxins that can cause food poisoning. Therefore, make sure to cook the chickpeas thoroughly before using the Aquafaba or purchased the chickpeas in a can, which are already cooked.
Overall, if you are not allergic or sensitive to legumes and use properly prepared aquafaba in your cooking, it is safe to consume and can be a great vegan alternative to eggs.
Frog-themed Sensory Play Activities
Find below a list of some fun frog-themed sensory play activities. They are a great way to engage children’s senses and encourage exploration and creativity.
Here are a few ideas you can use with your child:
Frog slime: Make green slime with your little one and add frog figurines for them to play with. This will engage their tactile sense and allow them to explore the texture of the slime while learning about frogs.
Frog pond sensory bin: Create a sensory bin with blue water beads, toy frogs, lily pads, and rocks. This will engage their senses of touch, sight, and sound as they splash around in the water and interact with the different elements.
Frog hopscotch: Draw a frog-themed hopscotch on your driveway or sidewalk using chalk. This will engage their sense of sight, balance, and coordination.
These activities will not only be fun for children, but they will also help them learn about frogs and their importance in our ecosystem. It is essential that we take care of these amphibians as they play a vital role in maintaining the balance of our ecosystem.
For More Frog Activities,
See here Frog LifeCycle Sensory Bin.
I hope you have a hoppy day filled with lots of sensory play and exploration!
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