I must say, if you’re a mom, always keep a big jar of vinegar and box of baking soda in your cupboard. You can keep your children entertained for a long time with it. The Fizzing Fun activity I wrote about is still a favourite with my kids. One daycare child told me it was the best thing ever!
I love the blog Fun at Home with the Kids . She has so many great sensory play idea. We tried out this foaming snowman one.
My 5 year old daycare child LOVED it. Pumpkin 1 had great fun building a snowman, but she was not happy to have it melt away. In fact she cried and cried. So I let her just have fun building snowmen. The chemical reaction of the baking soda and vinegar makes the liquid feel cold, like snow.
To make a fizzing dough you need:
Waterproof accessories (we used what we had, gems, a paperclip for arms, and I made the nose and hat out of foam)
In a bowl or other container, measure out two cups of baking soda and add 2 Tablespoons of salt. Mix thoroughly. The dough should look crumbly. Next add 8 Tablespoons of water. If your dough will form a ball, you’re all set. If it’s still too dry and crumbly add water 1 Tablespoon at a time until you have a dough that molds into a ball. It will not feel like playdough – it’s more smooshy and crumbly than that. But it should form into and hold a ball.
Make and decorate your snowman and once you’re ready to transform him into a mound of icy cold foam, add your vinegar! It works best (i.e. creates the most foam) if you add a lot of vinegar at once. A squeezy bottle
works best, but if you don’t have one of those, pouring a cup filled with vinegar on him will also create a foamy explosion!