We had a blast with Baking Soda Play “Dough” today! It is so easy to make too- all you need is baking soda, water, oil and food coloring.
You don’t even have to add the oil, but I found it made it more ‘fluffy’ and ‘moldable’.
- Take 2 cups of baking soda (usually a small box) and put in large mixing bowl.
- Add 1/4 cup of water and mix thoroughly.
- Add about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of oil, mix well.
- Add a drop or two of food coloring and blend in.
I would suggest having play trays for the kiddos to play with their dough on, this can get quite messy. It almost has a ‘sand-like’ quality to it, so I gave the kids little things that they could make molds with.
My 3 year old LOVED this sensory play!
My 7 year old caught on quickly that this was a baking soda product and began building his volcano…
Which meant it was time to pull out the vinegar…
I did a quick demonstration so they could see what happens when we spooned the vinegar over our play medium. Lil Miss squealed with delight when she saw the result!
This went on for about another 40 minutes… sensory play is one of my most favorite times with my littles. They are not just having fun- they are observing cause and effect, learning to be creative with different materials, and experiencing various sensory stimuli. It’s good for their moods AND their brains!
After the kiddos go crazy with the vinegar for a while, their mixture is going to be wet and mushy. You can either add more baking soda to bulk it back up again, or simply add all-purpose flour to turn it into a dough that they can extend their play with. Store the remaining dough in a ziploc bag until next use.
Total play time on this project: 2 1/2 hours! Major mom-win!