Learn how to make aquafaba which is a fluffy, fun sensory play material for kids. This is a great taste safe option for babies and toddlers!
Updated July 2023
One of my favorite sensory materials to make for my kids is chickpea foam (also known as aquafaba). Have you heard of this stuff? I originally read about it over @cara_florance & we’ve been testing it ever since!
Aquafaba is a great egg substitute in baking so you may have seen this in vegan recipes before. Although I have yet to try it in baking, we do eat a lot of chickpeas around here.
It feels so satisfying to turn the liquid into an amazingly fluffy AND taste safe sensory material for babies on up! All you need is a can of chickpeas + cream of tartar and some food coloring (optional).
If you’d like to make separate colors to layer, I’d recommend the drained liquid from one can of chickpeas per color. For our Valentine’s Day foam I whipped up red foam & poured it into our IKEA flisat table bin and propped it up slightly to keep the foam from spreading out. Then I whipped the next can of liquid and colored it pink, poured it into the big bin and so on.
One thing to note, I find it’s best to whip this up right before you’d like to use it as the chickpea foam will slowly turn back into a liquid as time goes on.
How to Make AquafabaPrint
Learn how to make aquafaba, a fluffy, fun sensory play material for kids. It makes a great taste-safe option for babies and toddlers!
- 2 cans of chickpeas
- cream of tartar
- food coloring or liquid watercolors (optional)
- Drain chickpea liquid into a large bowl.
- Add 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar into the bowl.
- Whip ingredients with mixer on high until soft peaks form (about 4 minutes).
- Add food coloring or liquid watercolors to color chickpea foam. Briefly whip the color in to incorporate.
Time needed: 10 minutes
Turn the liquid from a can of chickpeas into a taste safe play foam for kids!
- Whip liquid
Get out your hand mixer and combine ingredients until soft peaks form (approximately 4 minutes).
- Combine ingredients
Drain the liquid into a large bowl. Add 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar into the bowl. If you don’t have cream of tartar, you can substitute vinegar or lemon juice.
- Add food coloring
This step is optional, but if you’d like to color the foam, add a few drops of food coloring or liquid watercolors now and combine.
And that’s it! This is such an easy sensory play material to whip up, I hope you give it a try. I found it especially useful for younger kids (babies, toddlers) because I had no concern if my kids put it in their mouths.
Play Ideas with Aquafaba
I often add baking toys from our play kitchen like cupcake liners & a little whisk, along with sprinkles for a bakery setup. Or make an ice cream station with chocolate / vanilla “ice cream” and the whole shebang!
Or try animals, birds, dinosaurs and add some plastic Easter eggs. Seasonal setups are especially fun like Valentine’s Day or Christmas with sprinkles, colored foam and any seasonal spin you want to add.
People Also Ask
- Do I need to use cream of tartar? If you don’t have cream of tartar, you can substitute lemon juice or vinegar.
- Do the chickpeas need to be canned or can the liquid from cooked dried chickpeas too? I’ve only used the liquid from canned chickpeas, but I’ve read that it works with both.
- Can I make aquafaba with other beans? I have yet to try this but black beans and white beans are supposed to create a nice foam as well.
- Can you make aquafaba in the blender? No, it won’t form a fluffy, light foam in the same way.
- Does it smell? There is a chickpea smell to the foam, but I’ve come to like it!
- How long does it last? This is a one time use foam, simply wash down the drain when finished!
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