Fizzy Cloud Dough Experiment (Taste Safe)

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For this months sensory dough I decided to combine a previous months dough with this months theme to make a fizzy dough. The results were spectacular!

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On first glance this is cloud dough in every sense of the word. It molds like cloud dough and breaks apart into floury crumbs.

Disclaimer: This recipe is taste safe for little kids. This means that the child would be perfectly fine if they licked their hands or say put a little teaspoon worths in their mouth to taste. This does not mean that this recipe should be eaten! Eaten in large quantities baking soda is harmful to the acid balance of the body (like too many antacids). Please supervise children for all activities like these.

looks like plain cloud dough acts like it too

BUT when you add some vinegar it FIZZES!!

I love the dual functionality of this fizzing cloud dough. It is a sensory play dough as well as a science experiment.

Once the kids are bored of shaping and molding bring out the vinegar and droppers or squirt bottles and start fizzing!starting the fiz experiement

Lets back up a bit first.

HOW did I make this fizzy cloud dough?

I used my cloud dough recipe and unique method of coloring BUT instead of using 2 cups of flour and 1/4 veg oil I used 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of baking soda plus the 1/4 cup veg oil. This cloud dough recipe is taste safe for toddlers!

Caution: A reader has reported that the baking soda reaction ate into her wood finish on her table. Please use a plastic cover on a table that has a finish on it. I always do my experiments in trays or with plastic covers for easier cleaning.

I had both boys engaged in this activity from the start. My just turned 5 year old was fascinated by fizzing and my 3 year old just wanted to touch and play with the cloud dough.

Dripping vinegar

We started out with a little dropper to watch the cloud dough fizz.gorgeous beads of fizziness

Making many hills erupt in fizziness with much exclamations about color and bubbles.fizzing fields of cloud dough

We then advanced onto the squirt bottle. WOW.massive eruption

This one brought MUCH excitement as the cloud dough reacted to the vinegar in such quantity. Foam!science fizzing cloud dough

We then went in for the GRAND finale and covered the enter surface of the cloud dough!

This offered my little sensory seeker a new substance to put his hands in and feel.full final finale of Fizzy Cloud Dough Experiment

This fizzing cloud dough is most definitely a keeper! It has so many levels of playful learning in it as well as sensory benefits.

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I also managed to get a few clips of the fizzing! check it out.

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  1. Wow…super fun for the kids BUT it absolutly ruined my table! I did put the dough in buns for each kid to play in but the parts that spilt over ate into the finish of my wood table. A bit of research showed this was due to the baking soda. Wish I knew before we played! Maybe it’s in the comments already but if not be sure to cover the table! I will say tho, my boys had a ton of fun with it especially after adding the vinager. Will definitely do again…just with a cover this time!

  2. Hi Nicolette! Awesome project! I’m going to be doing it in my classroom. I don’t really have time to order the dye online. Does gel food coloring work? Or powder fabric/flower dye if they don’t eat it? I just need dye recommendations that are easy to find and pick up.

  3. This is absolutely amazing!!! I have been looking for some activity to do with my toddlers that if my 16 month old gets his hands on it won’t matter. I’ll have to try this! Thanks for the idea!
    Kristen

          • Id like to know how you claim its toddler taste safe when baking soda can be harmful when ingested. Dont get me wrong I love the idea but this is what research I’ve found: Bottom Line Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. Both sodium and bicarbonate can cause serious toxicity if too much is swallowed. http://www.poison.org/articles/2016-mar/baking-soda *maybe it just means non advertizing it as safe to eat

          • taste safe is not eating it. It means that if the child happens to stick a finger in his mouth and it is covered in the fizzy stuff it will be ok. We always encourage NOT eating these bins but I would rather my child have a lick of this than the one with the baby oil. eww.

            The article linked mentions using it as an antacid and I can only think that is HUGE quantities!

            I am sorry you have it confused that the activity is for eating. I will add a disclaimer at the top of the post to avoid this for other people.

  4. This is awesome! My kids would love to play with fizzy cloud dough.

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