5 Ways to Play- Baking Soda

One of our very favorite ingredients in this house! There is so much you can do with baking soda and it’s typically something you already have in the house. Hopefully with this quick and easy list you an whip up an activity when you are needing something extra fun at home with your littles.

1.Eruptions– Baking Soda + Vinegar. We probably all remember doing something similar to this as a kid. It’s simple and puts off a big bang for little ones. To get started grab a small container put about a table spoon or so of baking soda in it and then add vinegar. The Baking Soda and Vinegar will mix and start a chemical reaction that will cause fizzing and bubbling. To jazz things up, add food coloring to the baking soda before adding the vinegar. this would be a fun way to learn about colors and color mixing.

2.Magical Expanding Paint– This I got from Asia Citro’s book 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids. Super simple and fun. First, mix together 1c. Flour, 1/4 c. Bakings Soda, 1tsp of Salt. Then add 1 cup of water, mix well removing all clumps from your mixture. Add the mixture to a ziplock bag or a condiment squeeze bottle (I recommend getting these, you can usually grab them at the dollar store). Add fooding coloring to the mixture and shake or knead until fully mixed. If you are using a ziplock bag use scissors to cut a small whole in the corner of the bag. Grab heavy paper or thin cardboard (like a cereal box) and start painting. Once you are finished painting pop in the microwave for 15 sec until paint is ‘cooked’ and puffy.

3.Soda Dough– Three Ingredients Dough Recipe and no cooking involved. Sign me up! 1c. Baking Soda, 3tbsp of water and some food coloring (totally optional). Measure your baking soda into a bowl. If you want to add color, add the food coloring (or liquid water colors) to the water before mixing with the baking soda. Mix with hands and let them play! Soda Dough is a super loose dough, you can still form things with it, but it isn’t as pliable as traditional play doughs.

4.Slime– I have shared our slime recipe here on the blog before, but didn’t want to miss out on another chance to share with all of you! Grab, 1c. Elmer’s glue, 1tsp. Baking Soda, and 2tbsp. Contact Solution. First mix the glue and baking soda together. Once completely mixed you can add the contact solution. You can start mixing with a spoon, but to get the best results you’ll need knead with your hand to ensure it’s fully mixed. If not, the start of your play will end up super sticky. If you mix with your hand and feel like it’s still too sticky you can add more contact solution but be careful. The more contact solution you add the less elasticity you get with your slime.

5.Sensory Filler– Baking Soda is a super easy sensory bin filler. We especially like using it as snow. You can even throw it in the freezer to get cold for an added sensory experience. The baking soda is super fine and doesn’t stick to kids hands which makes it a good beginner if you are just starting to play with sensory bins. By adding water and some food coloring, your kid can create something entirely different with the dough/paste from the baking soda.

Well I hope this has inspired some new and creative play ideas for you! You may want to buy some extra baking soda next time you are at the store. Once you start, it’s hard to stop playing with this one!

Until next time,

El

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