As I’ve mentioned before, my daughter loves to do crafts. She could do some severe damage at craft stores in the future if her craft obsession continues at the same level it is now.
But she also likes to do fun and new activities. Whether it’s cold outside or hot, we always like to find new and engaging activities to do indoors — ones that doesn’t involve electronics or a TV.
This baking soda and vinegar activity remains a tried and true attention keeper for my daughter and hopefully the other kiddos as they get bigger. And it’s easy to set up!
Items Needed for the Baking Soda and Vinegar Activity For Kids:
- Baking Soda
- White Vinegar
- Food coloring or gels
- Pipets or medicine droppers
- Ice cube trays or small bowls
- Casserole dish
Step-by-Step Instructions for the Baking Soda and Vinegar Activity for Kids:
1. Fill the ice cube trays or bowls with vinegar. Fill for how many colors you decide to use. (I prefer using ice cube trays, because they tend to spill less and keeps all the colors together in one place.)
2. Put food coloring or gel in each of the vinegar spots. Mix well.
3. Pour baking soda in your casserole dish. (I usually pour 1/2 inch or more of the baking soda, so there is plenty to work with.)
4. Use the pipets to draw up the vinegar mixture and squirt onto the baking soda.
5. Watch the bubbly interaction of the baking soda and vinegar. Combine colors. Do small drops. Do big drops….and let the fun begin!
This is a great activity for while you are cooking dinner or when you need a diversion to keep them busy.
Sometimes we will add more baking soda throughout the activity or sometimes my daughter will play with it until it’s a big soupy mess.
When it gets to this point she might have round two of her baking soda and vinegar activity and shape it with a spoon or a fork. You’ll find that you have many different options with this one!