May 14, 2014

Baking Soda Dough

Recipe for Play - Baking Soda Dough


The most basic dough recipe ever, and it's so much fun!  It's crumbly and moldable and inexpensive to make.  Add fun scents and colors for simple sensory play for summer!

We love creating recipes for play, and some of our favorites include cloud dough, play dough, and foam dough.  Are you sensing a dough theme?  Sensory doughs are so much fun and typically very easy to make.  This baking soda dough is no exception!  Only two ingredients are needed for the base dough, and then you can add color and scent as desired.


Summer sensory dough in seasonal scents and colors - it's so easy and inexpensive to make!

How to Make Baking Soda Dough

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How to make baking soda dough with Kool Aid

Directions:  To make baking soda dough all you need to do is mix baking soda with a small amount of water.  I made four batches and used roughly two cups of baking soda per 1/4 cup of water.  The measurements do not need to be exact.  To make our baking soda dough scented and colored I put two cups of baking soda in a mixing bowl, added one packet of Kool Aid, sprinkled with liquid watercolors, then slowly added in the water.  If you use Kool Aid there will be a bit of a reaction when you first add the water since Kool Aid and baking soda react together when water is added.  Once the mini eruptions died down I mixed the baking soda dough together with my hands.

Gorgeous baking soda dough recipe for play

Once each batch was mixed I poured them all into a bin and invited the boys to play.  JZ (6) pointed out each color to my toddler twins and made them repeat after him.  It was pretty amusing.


One of the most intriguing aspects of colored doughs is mixing the colors together.  I think this is true for any sensory material.  


Like cloud dough, baking soda forms together.  If it's too crumbly and won't stick, add a tiny bit of water.  I like to add the water slowly to avoid using too much.

Baking soda dough recipe for play

Adding Kool Aid to the baking soda dough made this a multisensory experience.  JZ kept lifting handfuls to his nose and smelling it again and again.  I think Kool Aid might be the best scent in the whole world ever.  


Baking soda dough can be stored in an airtight container or ziploc baggie for future play.  If it dries out, add a small amount of water before playing again.

How to make baking soda dough - super simple recipes for play

Of course you can also add vinegar to baking soda dough to make cool eruptions!  This is usually the route we go.  Once all the colors have blended into a grayish brown the vinegar usually comes out for some erupting fun.

Erupting baking soda dough - recipe for play

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How to make baking soda dough - this frugal and simple recipe for play entertains little ones all morning with the gritty texture, vibrant colors, and delicious scents.

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5 comments:

  1. Can you use jello powder to make the dough colorful?

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  2. Can I use food coloring to make colorful?

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  3. I made some of this with my kids - we just did white with some silver glitter to make it 'snow' after we'd finished with the vinegar reactions we added some water to clean up, but left it sitting for a while... when we came back, the water was all swirly, it was amazing! we spent another good hour exploring the swirly water lol! also, if you grow water beads in the vinegar/water mix they don't get overfull and stay quite rubbery... definitely plan to do this one again!

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  4. I love love love this. My kiddos are playing with it right now. I used about 6 cups altogether with blue, green, and orange icing color. It worked out great!! It's rare that my 4, 5, and 9 year olds play together but this did the trick. they all love it.

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