This is one messy sensory activity for kids that you’re going to want to take outside!
Inspired by Ella’s perpetual obsession with all things baking, I whipped up these fizzy dough cupcakes.
These fizzy dough cupcakes are quick to make and have two different levels of play. At first, they are a squishy play dough for the kids to mold and play with however they’d like, and then a whole new sensory play opportunity arises when you add a bit of vinegar into the mix!
I love providing sensory activities for kids because not only are they fun, they also stimulate brain development and help children create deeper capacities for learning.
How to Make Fizzy Dough Cupcakes:
I used one 16oz. box of baking soda and just under 1/2 cup of water, along with some food colouring.
To make two different colours, I divided the baking soda into two bowls, added some pink food colouring to 1/4 cup of water and slowly added the water to the baking soda, mixing as I went so that I could stop before the dough became too sticky/gloopy.
You’re looking for a dough that sticks together, but isn’t super sticky on your fingers.
I then repeated the same process with the remaining baking soda and 1/4 cup of water mixed with some yellow food colouring.
Ella squished small handfuls of dough into the flower-shaped silicone cupcake molds (just like they did with our Vanilla Buttercream 2-ingredient play dough) while I filled three cupcake icing bottles with vinegar and a few drops of dish soap (washing up liquid to our UK friends).
We’ve done baking soda and vinegar reactions before, so the cool thing about this is that the kids didn’t suspect anything! Making the fizzy dough and hiding the smell of the vinegar in the icing containers made it a complete surprise when I suggested that Ella try “decorating” her cupcakes.
Imagine thinking you’re just going to squirt water onto play dough and seeing an eruption of fizzy bubbles!
Naturally, we had to get our friends in on this fun, fizzy play.
For the cost of a box of baking soda and a cup of vinegar, this activity kept the kids occupied and having fun for the better part of an hour. Even the toddlers got involved — they loved the contrast of the dry, smooshy dough to the wet, gritty texture of the baking soda-vinegar mixture.
Of course, you could do this activity inside and use a giant bin, like we did for our Fizzy Baking Soda Hearts, but it was nice to take this outside and be able to just hose everything off once the kids were done. Sensory activities for kids do not have to involve tons of effort!
What do you think? Would you give fizzy dough a try?
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