Do you want to build a snowman? Baking soda dough.

The winter is almost over, and to my kids’ chagrin, it hardly snowed in Oklahoma this year. I’m not complaining, but they are. Loudly.

To distract them from this tragedy, during the past few weeks we painted with ice, froze some treasures in a block of ice, instantly froze some water, and played with this “win-win-win-win” fun messy baking soda dough. Why quadruple win? I’m glad you asked.

  1. Kids did 100% of prep work and loved every moment of sifting, measuring, stirring and molding. Sifting is not required, the boys insisted.
  2. They enjoyed the messy sensory fun and played with the dough for hours. They built (and destroyed) snowmen, created mountains, clouds,
  3. Just when the boys started losing interest, I asked them if the would like to add some vinegar to their creations. You could see the wheels turning “Vinegar…baking soda dough…YASSSSS!!!!”
  4. …aaaaaand my favorite part: both baking soda and vinegar can help clean all over the house. While baking soda mixed with vinegar is not the most effective cleaner, the aftermath of this fun messy sensory activity can be used to scour sinks and bathroom surfaces.
    *****I always thought that baking soda+vinegar cleaning solution was effective, but the science behind this fizzy bubbling reaction proves that I was wrong. Baking soda is basic while vinegar is acidic, their reaction produces water and sodium acetate. Mostly water with tiny amount of salt in it.*****


Note: this dough is not edible.

Note #2: the recipe is modified to make enough fizzy dough for an entire preschool class.

Ingredients:

4 lbs (about 8 cups) baking soda

0.5 cup salt

2 cups of water

4 tsp dish soap

vinegar

accessories

optional: food dye, glitter and few drops of essential oil.

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl combine baking soda and salt, whisk.
  2. Add dish soap and stir until the mix is crumbly.
  3. Slowly add water until the snow dough reaches the desired consistency. If it’s too crumbly, add more water, if it’s too runny, add more baking soda.
  4. Optional: add glitter and few drops of your favorite essential oil.
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  5. Time to play! Mold your baking soda dough! We made snowmen, volcanoes, snowflakes and flowers. After your creations are completed, use dropper or a condiment bottle to pour vinegar on baking soda dough.
  6. If you have been following this blog for a while, you know that there is a twist. We made some baking soda snowflakes and tried to  freeze them. It would have been a great activity…if the recipe didn’t have salt in it and the dough didn’t freeze. Oops.
    I’ll combine 1 cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water and repeat step 6. Stay tuned for the updates!

Check out this fun and EASY activity:

Detailed step-by-step instructions can be found >>>here<<<.

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