Witches Bubbling Discovery Brew

Will you dare to plunge your hand into the bubbles to see what “surprises” lie beneath them in our Witches Bubbling Brew?

Witches Brew with Bubbles Sensory Play for Kids

Challenge your kids to dip their hands into the bubbles to seek and find each of the ingredients contained within the witches brew. This Halloween sensory play activity is ideal for toddlers, preschoolers and older children to play along with together.

Witches Bubbling Discovery Brew Recipe

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How to make Bubbly Witches Brew

  1. Put all of the ingredients into a large bowl.
  2. Add a dash of washing up liquid (dish soap).
  3. Fill half way with warm water.
  4. Pop in a straw and blow bubbles until all of the ingredients are hidden beneath the bubbles.

Hiding the ingredients under the bubbles add another level of spooky Halloween fun to this sensory activity. Prepare yourself for the squeals of delight when you show it to your kids!

Exploring the Witches Bubbling Brew

I set the bowl down in the centre of the table on top of a towel. I then asked each of my children in turn to find one of the ingredients by searching through the bubbles with their hands. This resulted in lots of squealing and giggling as they searched and stumbed against the different materials and textures.

Exploring a witches bubbling brew
After they had each had a turn, they then blew through the straws to make even more bubbles! This then made it harder (and scarier!)  for the next person to find their ingredient in the witches brew.
kids playing with a witches brew blowing bubbles
They soon got bored of taking it in turns though and decided to all dive in together. They had such fun pulling out each of the ingredients out and waving them around to “scare” each othe. The more they played with this activity the more bubbly it got! My little girl thought it was absolutely hilarious, as the bubbles kept getting bigger and bigger and she just wanted to keep making more!

Activity Extension Ideas

  • You could make this activity even spookier by adding in some food colouring to turn it a different colour.
  • Vary the contents to make them more or less spooky depending on your own children’s tastes.
  • Make some bubble pictures along the way as well by placing a sheet of paper down onto the bubbles during the activity, if you have added in some food colouring.

What ingredients would you add in to your “Witches Brew”?

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46 comments… add one
  • Totschooling September 21, 2014, 8:02 pm

    Love this! Perfect Halloween sensory play. Pinned!

    • Nicola Simpson September 21, 2014, 9:24 pm

      It has so many possibilites Totschooling we'll definitly be brewing up some more recipes!

  • Emma @ P is for Preschooler September 21, 2014, 9:08 pm

    This is just perfect for Halloween – great idea!

    • Nicola Simpson September 21, 2014, 9:25 pm

      Thanks Emma! My boys are so excited for Halloween already so we had to get started on our activities!

  • otilia stocks September 22, 2014, 10:45 am

    oh my girls would love this activity! really nice!

    thank you for linking up with the #pinitparty

  • Debra Carr September 23, 2014, 8:13 am

    Brilliant!! Great idea for Halloween!

    • Nicola Simpson September 24, 2014, 3:47 pm

      Thanks! It's great as well as you can add in whatever your kids like as well.

  • Jenny Kearney September 23, 2014, 8:33 am

    Love this idea for some seasonal sensory fun. I really want to introduce my children to water beads. #pintorials

    • Nicola Simpson September 24, 2014, 3:47 pm

      Water beads are brilliant in shaving foam as well you have to try that with them!

  • Elizabeth Hah September 23, 2014, 10:09 am

    This is a grossly awesome idea ~ thanks! #Pintorials

    • Nicola Simpson September 24, 2014, 3:49 pm

      Thanks! It's just gross enough to please my kids aged 6 and under there were lots of "urrgghhhs" going on!

  • Caroline Elliott September 23, 2014, 1:44 pm

    Such a lovely activity, sounds so much fun! Xx #letkidsbekids

  • The Reading Residence September 23, 2014, 6:35 pm

    This looks fun! My kids would love just the bubbles! Lots of variations to try, too 🙂

    • Nicola Simpson September 24, 2014, 3:50 pm

      My daughter was in hysterics blowing the bubbles. She just kept wanting to make more and more!

  • elliebearbabi September 24, 2014, 8:43 am

    This is amazing! Looks like they had alot of fun! #MMWBH

    • Nicola Simpson September 24, 2014, 3:50 pm

      They had a fab time with this one! Definitly one of our favourites so far!

  • Deborah Patrick September 24, 2014, 9:50 am

    This looks like SO MUCH FUN! Mums are allowed to play too…right? lol! I think this has to be done in our house! Thanks so much for sharing with #MMWBH xx


    • Nicola Simpson September 24, 2014, 3:51 pm

      Mums are definitly allowed to play Deborah i enjoyed it nearly as mcuh as the kids did!

  • Eilidh Gallagher September 24, 2014, 9:52 am

    My boys would love this! X

  • Lucy Blossom September 24, 2014, 12:49 pm

    A disgustingly fabulous activity, perfect for Halloween.

  • Karen Bell September 24, 2014, 8:11 pm

    What a fab idea. I bet that was fun. I think my 3 would love it, I might just have to try something like that.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  • pixiedusk September 25, 2014, 5:24 am

    Love this idea! I can only imagine how my son will react to those textures!!

    • Nicola Simpson September 29, 2014, 3:40 pm

      It was really fun watching my kids pulling out the different things. It's amazing how by giving something ordinary a different name can change their perspecitve on how it feels etc.

  • Amanda Vasquez September 25, 2014, 4:04 pm

    Ooohhh! We need to try an activity like this!

    • Nicola Simpson September 29, 2014, 3:39 pm

      It's a great on to have prepared in advance and then just bring it out once you are ready for it.

  • Janine Halloran September 26, 2014, 2:15 pm

    This looks awesomely gross! I'm totally doing this with my kids 🙂

  • Natalie PlanetSmartyPants September 27, 2014, 5:04 am

    What a fun idea!

  • Susanne Remic September 27, 2014, 5:11 pm

    What a fab idea! My mind is whirring now for Halloween parties… 😀 x

    • Nicola Simpson September 29, 2014, 3:38 pm

      Halloween is a great time for so many fun arts and crafts activities it's one of my favourite times of the year.

  • Honest Mum September 28, 2014, 8:57 pm

    Too much fun! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts, please add my badge or link back if you an x

  • whereismy mindgone October 25, 2014, 10:49 am

    This is brilliant I love it definitly going to try this out on halloween, thank you for linking up xx #batcraftcrazy

    • Nicola Simpson October 25, 2014, 6:35 pm

      Thanks! Enjoy if you do have a go. This post has been my most popular so far so i m delighted we wrote it up now!

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