There are hundreds of uses for baking soda, but in our house, we like to use baking soda for crafts and activities. (Don’t get me wrong, it is also my go-to cleaner for scrubbing and keeping our fridge fresh, but playing with baking soda is so much more fun!) These baking soda experiments are sure to keep kids entertained.
With winter break just around the corner, I am on the hunt for inspiration to keep my kiddos engaged and entertained, so I searched for things we could make/do with household items. There are tons of great ideas, but I rounded up my top 10 ideas that include baking soda – including an activity we did ourselves.
10 Baking Soda Experiments, Crafts And Activities For Kids
- Volcano Experiments (below)
- Play Clay
- Bath Bombs
- Inflate a Balloon
- Water color paints
- Puffy Paint
- Growing Crystals
- Hatching Eggs
- Bath Salts
Baking Soda Activity Station
- Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
- Food Coloring
- Paper Plates
- Spoons (I used plastic, but next time I will use metal)
- Plastic Cups
- Baking Sheet
- Muffin Tin
- Medicine or Eye Dropper
In the muffin tin, I mixed vinegar and food coloring to make a rainbow of colors to play with. You don’t need much vinegar so each is only a splash with a drop or two of color. (Sorry, I didn’t measure.)
For our first experiment, I let K drip the colored vinegar onto the plate of Arm & Hammer baking soda. She had no idea what to expect and her reaction to the fizzies was priceless. I didn’t quite capture the initial shock, but you can still see the joy.
Once she had fully fizzed all of the Arm & Hammer baking soda on the plate, we moved on to the volcanos. (Note, I cut plastic cups in half for this experiment because I wanted to make sure they overflowed with fun.) Filling the cups about half way with vinegar, I let K get a heaping spoon full of Arm & Hammer baking soda. Then we dipped a couple of drops onto the baking soda.
I instructed her to dip it into the vinegar, give it a good stir and eruption! (Please excuse the out-of-focus shot, it’s hard to instruct, teach and photograph!)
After many successful eruptions, we returned to a fresh plate of Arm & Hammer baking soda. This time I used an old medicine dropper to let her deploy the vinegar.
She played and experimented for more than an hour coming up with new ways to play.
Finally when she was done I rinsed of the paper plates and realized that they had a beautiful design all over them. So I hung them to dry and we displayed them as art. (Apparently, I forgot to get a picture of them. Bummer.)
For practical reasons, I bet you have all of the materials needed for this little experiment. So why not mix things up and use them for fun instead?!