I’ve seen lots about aquafaba online, so I thought we’d have a play with it. This was a fun activity that both my toddler and baby could get involved with together, which was really nice!
If you’re not sure what aquafaba is, it’s basically the liquid that you get in the bottom of a tin of chickpeas. Sounds like a really strange thing to play with, I know, but when you whip it up, it goes all bubbly – it ends up looking a lot like bubbly washing up liquid water!
Whipped aquafaba is usually used in cooking as a vegan egg replacer (I’ve often seen it used to make meringue, macarons, etc.), but it’s fun to play with too.
My toddler helped me whisk up the aquafaba using my electric whisk, and then when the baby woke up, we all played together. I just tipped it into a big washing up bowl, added some waterproof bath toys, and we sat down together on the kitchen floor.
Don’t forget a wipe clean mat on the floor and a bib for the baby!
My girls really enjoyed playing with the aquafaba, but to be honest I think I would have preferred to just use normal washing up liquid bubbles. The one benefit of aquafaba is that it’s edible, but unfortunately it also smells a little (like chickpeas, unsurprisingly!), and feels a bit sticky on your hands. The toys needed to be rinsed afterwards.
I’m not sure I’d use it again, to be honest, but it was a fun experiment, and my daughter enjoyed watching it get whizzed up into bubbles! Next time we’ll stick to washing up liquid.
To play with aquafaba, you will need:
- the liquid from 1-2 tins of chickpeas (save the chickpeas themselves for eating!)
- a large washing up bowl
- some waterproof bath toys, e.g. cups, scoops etc.
- towels, bibs etc.
You could extend this activity by:
- whisking a few drops of food colouring into the aquafaba to make it different colours
- talking about capacity, e.g. ‘which cup do you think will hold more bubbles’?