Sensory & Fine Motor Play With Baking Soda and Vinegar

I have yet to met a kid who doesn’t find the reaction that baking soda and vinegar make to be fascinating. This activity is both a fun sensory experience and a fine motor activity. It uses many senses with the colors, the smell of the vinegar, the sound it makes, and of course the visual of watching it fizz. It also works on those fine motor skills while using the pipets to squeeze the vinegar from one tub and squirt it out on to the baking soda.

G is only 18 months at the time of doing this activity and I was curious to see if he was too young for it. After a few minutes of playing with it and saying “woooww” every time he squirted the vinegar onto the baking soda, I knew this was indeed a winner.

He played with this for a solid 20 minutes before I finally took it away because he started digging his hands into it, a whole other level of sensory play. This kid is not afraid to get messy!

baking soda and vinegar sensory play

Baking Soda and Vinegar Sensory Fun

Age: 18 months +

What you need:

Baking Soda

Vinegar (distilled vinegar is preferred but all we had at the time was apple cider vinegar and it worked just fine)

Food Coloring

Muffin Pan

Bowl or Tupperware to hold the vinegar

Pipets -We love the pipet in this fine motor packet.
These little ones would be great for older kids.
Could also use a turkey baster. This was a little hard for my 18m old to squeeze but may be good for older kiddos.

What to do:

Add a drop or two of food coloring to each muffin tin hole. Pour a couple table spoons baking soda on top. No need to mix it up. It’s fun to see the white baking soda suddenly change color when the vinigar hits it and it mixes together.

Fill a container with vinegar and take it all out side because it’s about to get messy and fun!

You can also do this indoors with lots of towels or plastic bags on the floor.

Have fun. Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

Let me know if you try it out and how old your kiddo is.

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Simple sensory and fine motor play that your little one will love. Fun activity for 18 months and up.