The Best Bubble Foam Ocean and Shark Sensory Play

Are you a fan of shark week? We love watching the different shows on the Discovery Channel and learning about different sharks. I wanted to create a fun activity that both of my kids would enjoy. This bubble foam ocean and shark sensory play is easy to set up and only requires a few items. It’s a fun way for young children to explore different senses while learning about sharks. They can enjoy this activity indoors or outside if the weather is nice. This sensory activity can get a little messy, but the kids will have lots of fun.

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Supplies for Shark Sensory Play

  • Tear-free bubble bath for kids
  • Spoon
  • Food coloring (different shades of blue)
  • Bowl
  • Shark toys (option 1 & option 2)
  • Water
  • Electric hand blender
  • Tray or sensory bin
  • Essential oils (ocean/beach scents)

How to Set Up Your Sensory Play

To make the bubble foam, add 1 cup of water to a bowl. Then add 1/2 cup of tear-free bubble bath into the bowl. If you want to color your ocean foam, add a few drops of food coloring into the bowl. Mix the ingredients by using an electric hand blender until you start to get stiff peaks. Use a large spoon to scoop it out into a tray or sensory bin. We wanted to create different colors for our ocean, so we made 2 batches of the foam with different shades of blue food coloring. You can also add beach/ocean scent essential oil to your bubble foam.

Now that you are finished making your bubble foam ocean, time to add the toy sharks. You can also add scoop toys to enhance the sensory experience.

You can find these adorable books featuring sharks on Amazon (As an Amazon Associate, I’ll earn a commission, at no additional cost to you. This only applies if you click through and make a purchase. Thank you for your support!), your local library or visit your local book shop. 

  • Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale
  • Big Shark, Little Shark by Anna Membrino
  • Clark the Shark: Too Many Treats by Bruce Hale
  • So Cool! Sharks by Crispin Boyer
  • Hammy Hammerhead’s (almost) Big Adventure! by Mike Crowder
  • Stella: The Shark Who Loves Treasure by Sarah Cullen
  • The Ultimate Book of Sharks (National Geographic Kids) by Brian Skerry
  • Hello, World! Kids’ Guides: Exploring Sharks by Jill McDonald
  • The World of Sharks with Stickers: Undersea Facts and Activity Book by Gold Stars
  • Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating

Check out these shark themed digital products from my ETSY shop. Your kids will have a great time with these worksheets.

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Looking for more ways to celebrate Shark Week as a family? You might also like:

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Shark Suncatcher Craft

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