Baking Soda and Vinegar Volcano

 

Last year, E enjoyed her Halloween Cloud Dough Sensory Bin so much that I left it sitting out for months, and she played with it many times. Recently, I wanted to reuse the sensory bin for a different activity but decided to try and get some more fun out of the cloud dough first, as it was still perfectly fine to play with. Inspired by the cloud dough’s coloring (the originally orange and black batches had been mixed thoroughly by now), I decided to set up a baking soda and vinegar volcano for E.

 

Baking soda and vinegar volcano from an old cloud dough sensory bin - lots of messy fun!

(E was 42 months old.)

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You’ll need:

  • Baking soda.
  • Vinegar.
  • Sensory bin. {In this case, a 28 quart underbed storage container.}
  • Old cloud dough to form the volcano. {I wouldn’t recommend making fresh cloud dough just for this activity, it will be unusable after being doused with baking soda and vinegar. See the notes below for alternative ideas.}
  • A cup to hold the baking soda.
  • A bowl to hold the vinegar.
  • Dinosaurs and/or assorted animals (optional).

 

 

 

After picking out all the little bits and pieces from the original activity, I simply pushed all the left over cloud dough into a corner of the sensory bin and formed a volcano around a plastic cup filled with baking soda. Yes, the cup is pretty conspicuous, I didn’t have a clear one on hand and didn’t think to simply use a glass 😉

 

Baking soda and vinegar volcano from an old cloud dough sensory bin - lots of messy fun!

 

E arranged her dinosaurs and the other animals she decided to add to the activity in the sensory bin.

 

Baking soda and vinegar volcano from an old cloud dough sensory bin - lots of messy fun!

 

And then it was time for the first eruption!

 

Baking soda and vinegar volcano from an old cloud dough sensory bin - lots of messy fun!

 

E touched the changing cloud dough with her hands,

 

Baking soda and vinegar volcano from an old cloud dough sensory bin - lots of messy fun!

 

added more vinegar for more eruptions,

 

Baking soda and vinegar volcano from an old cloud dough sensory bin - lots of messy fun!

 

and kept checking the cloud dough.

 

Baking soda and vinegar volcano from an old cloud dough sensory bin - lots of messy fun!

 

Baking soda and vinegar volcano from an old cloud dough sensory bin - lots of messy fun!

 

She didn’t like that the butterfly was getting buried by the “lava”, so she rescued it

 

Baking soda and vinegar volcano from an old cloud dough sensory bin - lots of messy fun!

 

before causing more eruptions.

 

Baking soda and vinegar volcano from an old cloud dough sensory bin - lots of messy fun!

 

Check out how the vinegar revealed that there were still pristine pockets of orange cloud dough hidden away! So pretty!

 

Baking soda and vinegar volcano from an old cloud dough sensory bin - lots of messy fun!

 

After we ran out of vinegar, E started playing with the mushy concoction

 

Baking soda and vinegar volcano from an old cloud dough sensory bin - lots of messy fun!

 

Baking soda and vinegar volcano from an old cloud dough sensory bin - lots of messy fun!

 

and pulled out the cup to get to the rest of the baking soda and vinegar mixture.

 

Baking soda and vinegar volcano from an old cloud dough sensory bin - lots of messy fun!

 

She decided to give the dinosaurs a baking soda back rub (maybe it helps to protect them from lava? 😉 ),

 

Baking soda and vinegar volcano from an old cloud dough sensory bin - lots of messy fun!

 

before digging into the volcano and taking it apart.

 

Baking soda and vinegar volcano from an old cloud dough sensory bin - lots of messy fun!

 

Baking soda and vinegar volcano from an old cloud dough sensory bin - lots of messy fun!

 

Her hands ended up so packed with dirt that she wasn’t comfortable with it anymore, and she decided that she was done playing.

 

Baking soda and vinegar volcano from an old cloud dough sensory bin - lots of messy fun!

 

I helped her hose off her hands but even with clean hands, she was simply done and rescued the remaining animals back to their box before finding something else to do.

 

Baking soda and vinegar volcano from an old cloud dough sensory bin - lots of messy fun!

 

Baking soda and vinegar volcano from an old cloud dough sensory bin - lots of messy fun!

 

 

 

Additional ideas:

If you don’t have old cloud dough handy, you could use sand, plain dirt or even play dough to form a volcano.

 

 

 

Have you made a baking soda and vinegar volcano before? What’s your favorite baking soda and vinegar activity? Do you reuse the contents of your sensory bins? Tell me about it in the comments!

 

 

 

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