Cloud Dough with a Fizzy Surprise – Sensory Play with a Science Twist!
We love to experiment with sensory play, recipes and doughs. Doodles loves doing experiments and he asked if we could do a fizzy one today. Oodles wanted to make dough so I decided we could try and combine both.
What we used:
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 cup of baby oil
- food colouring
- 1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
What we did:
- I gave Doodles and Oodles the ingredients and encouraged them to measure out what they needed by themselves.
- They then mixed the ingredients in a bowl before emptying onto the table to mix with their hands as if making breadcrumbs
- They loved the texture were delighted to see how easy it was to mould despite being crumbly.
- Today, I gave them some of their sand toys to use with the cloud dough – rakes, spades, beach themed moulds.
- They had great fun making star fish and crabs and a wall with the dough.
- When they were beginning to tire of playing with the cloud dough I produced the bottle of vinegar – we only had balsamic vinegar in the cupboard today but it works perfectly as does lemon juice.
- As soon as D saw the vinegar bottle he knew exactly what was coming and asked if he could pour it and surprise O!
- The reaction was perfect – very fizzy, very effective. They had so much fun repeatedly adding vinegar to little piles of cloud dough and watching the fizzy eruptions! (We have a great little video of it on our Facebook and Instagram pages.)
I love giving the kids scope to explore with the materials they are playing with. They both love sensory and messy play and Doodles in particular loves science activities particularly if he can make a reaction! It was great to hear him explaining to his little sister that “adding vinegar which is an acid to ‘carb of soda’ causes it to fizz…watch!”. Very cute!