18 Baking Soda Sensory Play Activities

Baking soda is a great material to use for sensory play because it’s soft, fluffy, and lightweight. It’s also inexpensive and a staple in most households.

Sensory play is a great way to help your child develop their skills and have some fun at the same time. There are lots of ways to use baking soda as it is such a versatile ingredient, and kids love getting messy with it!  Let me share some ideas to get you started.

Baking Soda Sensory Play Ideas

18 Baking Soda Sensory Play Activities

18 Baking Soda Sensory Play Activities

1 – Colorful Fuzzy Sensory Bin

We love sensory bins!  Baking soda makes it even more fun as it will create a fizzing sensation on their little hands.  Be ready for some awesome reactions!

Fizzy Sensory Bin

2 – Baking Soda Dough

Sensory doughs are so much fun and this one is no exception.  You only need two ingredients for the dough. Adding color and scent only increases the sensory experience!

3 – Cloud Dough Recipe

Another super super-easy sensory dough, perfect for your little one. I love that it is easy to make and really easy to use in various sensory play activities, like sensory bins.

Cloud Sensory Dough
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4 – 2-Ingredient Fake Snow

Playing in the snow is such a great sensory experience.  I love that fake snow can be played with year-round.  It’s also super easy to make.  Have a look!

5 – Fizzy Drops

Not only is this a sensory activity but it’s also a science experiment! Lots of fun for the young and old.

6 – Slime

Slime, need I say more? Kids just love slime. Adults, well it depends! HA!

Slime with baking soda
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7 – Moon Sand

A soft and silky sand you’ll love! So easy to make and easy to shape as well.

8 – Kinetic Sand

Using only 3 ingredients, this kinetic sand is such an easy recipe. And one that will bring hours of sensory play time.

9 – Dinosaur Mud

Dinosaur and mud – now that’s a winning combo with any child!

Dinosaur Mud
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10 – Baking Soda Art Dough

I’m sure you’ve heard of salt dough? This is better version using baking soda!

11 – Fizzing Ice Cubes

A perfect summer activity to bring outside to play and have some fun!

12 – Fizzing Baking Soda Paint

Painting is a great sensory activity by itself. Add some fizz, it becomes this amazing experience.

13 – Hatching Dinosaur Eggs

Kids get to watch their favorite dinosaur hatch out! Love this activity as it combines sensory with a science experiment.

14 – Fizzing Volcano

This classic never goes out of style. The fizzing volcano is a must-do with all kids.

Fizzy Volcano
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15 – Frozen Inspired Play

If you have a Frozen fan, give this activity a try!

16 – Hidden Colors

Kids are very intrigued when an activity has a bit of a mystery. This one is no exception.

17 – Baking Soda Dirt

Let’s play in some dirt – baking soda dirt that is! The kids will love digging around in this dirt.

Sensory Play Dirt with Baking Soda
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18 – Water Beads and Baking Soda

Water beads are great for sensory play but who knew you could also use them for a sensory science experiment! So fun, give it a try with older kiddos.

Is it safe for kids to play with baking soda?

Baking soda is a safe, nontoxic substance that can be used for many different purposes. In fact, it’s often used in food and household products. However, baking soda can be dangerous if it’s ingested in large quantities. It’s also important to keep baking soda away from children’s nose and mouths to prevent breathing it in.

Is baking soda edible?

Baking soda is safe to eat in small quantities. However, eating large amounts of baking soda can be dangerous. Eating large amounts of baking soda can lead to sodium poisoning. Symptoms of sodium poisoning include nausea, vomiting, headache, and muscle weakness.  Adult supervision is strongly recommended.

How does sensory play with baking soda feel?

Sensory play with baking soda can be a fun and safe activity for kids. When they touch it, squeeze it, or otherwise interact with it, they’ll experience a variety of textures and sensations. The baking soda will feel gritty and powdery, and it will also fizz and bubble when mixed with water. This can be a fun way for kids to explore their senses and learn about different textures.

As you can see, there are so many activities that can be done with baking soda.  It’s important to keep baking soda away from children’s nose and mouth, and to make sure they don’t eat it. Sensory play with baking soda can be a fun and safe activity for kids, with adult supervision of course.

Please note: that this is not intended to be medical advice. If you have any concerns about your child’s development, please consult with a doctor or occupational therapist.

Other sensory activities you may enjoy:

Easy Sensory Activities for Kids
Edible Play Dough
Oobleck Sensory Play Activities